Make your friends and family smile this October 5 on National Do Something Nice Day. This holiday encourages us to do acts of kindness for strangers or loved ones, or both!
It’s easy to get so caught up in our own tensions and struggles that we forget to show kindness to others. This holiday is a great reminder that doing good works makes the world better, and might even help you better handle your own problems in the process. Celebrate with us!
NATIONAL DO SOMETHING NICE DAY ACTIVITIES
Get involved with a local organization in your community. If you are having trouble deciding how or where to volunteer, consider what your strongest skills are and how you can use them to help others. If you’re good at construction, give Habitat For Humanity a hand. If you’re a web developer, offer your coding skills to a charity in need of a website revamp or teach local kids some programming basics. In most communities, there are soup kitchens or homeless shelters that can always be helped by kind and compassionate people.
Help a stranger
Do a small gesture of kindness to let a stranger know that you care. Pay the bill for the person behind you in the cafeteria line. If you see someone crying alone in public, offer them a tissue or, if the situation calls for it, some other help. If someone thanks you for your good deed, ask them to repay it by helping someone else in need when the time is right. Whatever happens, keep spreading goodwill!
Call someone just to tell them you care
Call someone you care about out of nowhere, just to let them know how much they mean to you. It could make your day! If you know someone who is having a difficult time in life, reach out to that person and let them know that they are on your mind. If you can rock it, send them a bouquet or leave them a home cooked meal. Your personalized attention can make a big difference.
WHY WE LOVE NATIONAL DO SOMETHING NICE DAY
Can brighten the days of strangers
A random act of kindness can have a much stronger impact than you think. Your choice of keeping a door open for a stranger or returning a lost wallet may be the only positive thing that happens to the recipient that day. For all we know, that person may have felt more alone than ever or lost faith in the goodness of the world. A small positive act on your part can change that person’s worldview and that’s quite powerful.
Helping others makes you feel happy
Research has repeatedly found that helping others helps you too. Giving back to your community or doing a good deed turns on your brain’s pleasure center and can cause a flood of feel-good chemicals. Scientists aren’t sure why kindness feels so good, but it has been theorized that the need to help others is something that prehistoric humans developed to ensure the survival of their social group. Helping others is part of the very essence of who we are!
Reminds us of how much good we can do
Doing a little good deed is a great way to remind ourselves that we can make a difference. It’s easy to feel helpless in the face of the world’s many problems, but each and every one of us can have at least a small impact on someone else’s life. It is an incredible feeling.