“Never worry about the numbers. Help one person at a time, and start with the person nearest you.” ~ Mother Teresa
It takes way less work to be kind to other’s than it does to be hateful. You can make someone feel special by simple, small acts. If you aren’t sure how to be kind, you can always search Google, but I came up with a few ways you can make someone’s day.
“I just like to smile, smiling’s my favorite.” ~ Buddy The Elf
Smile. Scientific studies show not only does smiling have a calming effect on others, but decreases stress for you as well. Smiling releases endorphins that make you feel all warm and fuzzy on the inside. Smiles are contagious and 50 percent of people will smile back. And my favorite trait of smiling, it makes you more attractive and trustworthy.
Make new friends but keep the old; One is silver and the other’s gold. ~ Anonymous
Say Hello To A Stranger. I think we tend to take social interaction and communication for granted. There are people who don’t have someone they can talk to every day. Striking up a conversation with someone you don’t know can make them feel noticed and important. And a bonus for you, you just might make a new friend or learn something new.
The worst feeling isn’t being lonely. It’s being forgotten by someone you would never forget. ~ Qoutesgram.com
Learn Someone’s Name And Use It. There is nothing worse than coming across someone you’ve met and for the life of you, you can’t remember their name. Not only is it embarrassing for you, it’s insulting to the other person. When I worked with middle school students, one of the most important things I learned was these kids wanted to feel important and that they mattered. It was our ministry goal to try to remember the names of the students who entered our door. It was hard because we would see over 300 students on a given weekend. But once I really started being intentional about knowing these student’s names, it became easier. Remembering a name is a win for both parties involved. For them, they feel like they matter. For you, the win is the trust and respect from the person who’s name you could recall. Here’s some tricks to help remember someone’s name.
- Upon introduction give your full attention. Make eye contact and shake their hand.
- Ask them to repeat their name if you didn’t fully catch it or are having trouble pronouncing it.
- Repeat the person’s name in the conversation, especially in the greeting and closing. Example, “Nice to meet you, Dee Dee.” and “It was great meeting you, Dee Dee.”
- Write their name down.
- Use association to help trigger their name when you see them again. Example could be, “Brenda has blonde hair.”
“Give me liberty or…OOO..a jelly donut.” ~ Homer Simpson
Bring Donuts To Work. There is no real reason other than who doesn’t like donuts? And random acts of kindness can always brighten someone’s day.
Nothing proves that you love someone more than mentioning them in your prayers.
Pray For Someone. Prayer is one of the most powerful resources we have. And this world spits out some pretty nasty situations and circumstances. One way to make someone’s day is to simply pray for them. If you know a friend is hurting or a co-work is struggling, lift their name up in your prayer time. Or if you are brave enough, ask them if you could pray for them. If you do have someone ask for prayer or you offer to pray for them, really do it. Don’t just say you will be praying for them then don’t. That makes my blood boil like hot soup.
Give credit where credit is due.
Praise Success. Don’t hold back telling someone they did something good. There is so much negative in our lives, bringing out the positive will defiantly make someone’s day. And it makes them feel important and they matter. Also, do be jealous of other’s when they do well. No one has time to deal with that.
“Words written in love doesn’t just mark up paper, but leaves an imprint on you heart.” ~ A Dee Dee Baron Original
Write A Note. It’s called pen and paper, people. Old-fashion, I know, but there is nothing more dear than receiving a hand-written note or card. Back in the day, we would pass notes to our friends and mail letter to pen pals. Some I still have from 20 years ago. Reading them today still holds as much sentiment as it did on the day I received them. Express your affection to other’s by writing a note. Send your thoughts via snail mail. The postal service can deliver more than junk mail and bills. P.S. I recently discovered my own children did not know how to address an envelope. I was floored. I thought they taught that stuff in school? Apparently, not anymore. If you don’t know how to address an envelope, here is a link on how to do that. Please learn.
“I can live for two months on a good compliment.” ~ Mark Twain
Share A Compliment. Giving someone a compliment can go a long way. If you notice something awesome about someone, share it. One of my favorites, “You’re more fun than bubble wrap.”
It boils down to this. We all want to be noticed. We all want to be loved. These few steps don’t cost money, well except for the donuts and a stamp, (Yes, to mail something you have to purchase a stamp.) and their impact can literally change the outlook of someone’s day and possibly their world. All you have to do is rid yourself, if only for a moment, of selfishness. We all have the power to changes lives every time we walk out our front door. From opening a door for a stranger, to allowing a car to enter slow moving traffic. If we all did one act of kindness every day, not only would the world be a better place, but our own spiritual well-being would improve. It’s a complete win-win. So be awesome and make someone feel incredible.