5 Ways to make someones day

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Does anyone else go around thinking “how can I help “insert name here” have a good day? Just me? Well okay then…… lol.

I have been known to be a people pleasure, a yes when I want to say no person. Yet, through that I still want people to feel special, like they are needed, that they matter too in this wild world. The simplest thing can make someone smile.

5 ways to make someones day

Doing something kind for another person doesn’t have to be costly or some kind of grand gesture. It can be small simple things. A lot of the time it’s the little things that create the biggest impact.

1. Acknowledge someone’s presence

It can make a world of difference in someone’s life having someone acknowledge that their here, that they are a living, breathing human.

Some people live alone with no close family or friends. It can become extremely lonely. Having someone at least say “hello” can make a world of difference in their lives.

2. Saying thank you can brighten someone’s day

So many customer service workers get verbally abused by customers during their work shift. It’s ridiculous. Saying thank you to the cashier packing your groceries or to the crossing guard can really help improve their day.

No one enjoys having spent all day getting yelled at or called names. It’s rude, and it’s mean!

3. Help out a stranger

This could be as simple as holding the door for someone or if you see someone looking lost in a grocery store tell them what aisle they’re looking for (if you know). I know my grocery store pretty well so I’m always helping random people with what aisle they need.

We all need a little help now and then. So if you can give a hand to someone who could use it.

4. Leave a random uplifting note on a strangers windshield.

Imagine having a stressful, long day. You leave the office or grocery store and come across a little note on your windshield. First thing that comes to mind is someone dinged your car, instead it’s a little note saying “I hope you have a great weekend” or something along those lines.

A simple act like that can really change your mood. You think to yourself “that was awfully nice”. Then you go about your day with a smile on your face.

5. Compliment a stranger

Personal story – The other day while at the grocery store the cashier told me I was really pretty. It completely through me off. You want to know something? It shouldn’t have. We should all be making an effort to be kind to eachother. It can make a world of difference.

Obviously these ideas won’t be possible with the current situation but they will be here for you anyways.

Ways you can brighten someone’s day now

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  1. Drop them an email, text or even better facetime
  2. Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in the drive thru
  3. Say thank you to the critical workers who can’t stay home. Ie medical staff, grocery clerks, bus drivers, taxi drivers, bank tellers, cleaners, sanitary engineers.
  4. Clean up after yourself. Those who have to work right now have a lot to do, please try and lessen extra work for them.

Final thoughts

As the years go on it’s clear the world needs more kindness. You could be that person who brings it. What is something you do/have done to brighten someones day? Let me know down in the comments below.

Till next time,

Tanya xoxo

63 thoughts on “5 Ways to make someones day”

  1. I love the idea of leaving a complimentary note on a car’s windshield. It is not a common gesture, thanks for bringing that up and thanks for sharing these tips

  2. Lovely ideas! Kindness is so underrated. I canceled my cleaning lady but I still send her money every week. Domestic workers are often on 0h contracts and they are struggling big time right now. I understand that not everyone has the money to pay but if you possibly can try to think of the people who make your home lovely.

  3. There was a big wave of people here paying for one another’s coffee this past week, in light of everything that’s going on. It was so refreshing to see it being discussed on our local town FB group as it lifted so many spirits including not only those who received a coffee, but also others who just needed that reminder that there’s still good in the world.

  4. This was a really sweet and positive post! Bit harder to do these things now as we aren’t allowed to go outside a lot, but I guess we can still be positive online! πŸ™‚

    1. That’s why I added a couple little things like facetiming or texting :-). I know it’s a rough time for a lot of people right now.

      1. Yep, and those are wonderful things. I am so glad we are living in times with mobile phones and apps and that you can still see someone when they are far away. Also, for my hubby I bake cookies and other yummy food to make his day a bit brighter. πŸ™‚

        1. When we lived in Winnipeg I would sometimes bake cupcakes and send them to work with my husband. Little things like that really can brighten someone’s day. Or a simple text, or tweet. Ie “was just thinking about you, message anytime” πŸ™‚

  5. I love that you’re spreading kindness in these hard times! Great job & thanks for sharing!

  6. I love this, great timing as well with what’s going on, I definitely want to leave some notes on some cars x

    1. I think it a amazing thing to do. It’s a powerful thing knowing a random stranger took the time out of their day, to do something for you <3

  7. We certainly do need to share more kindness! Here in the UK families are decorating their front windows with rainbows and teddy bears, to make people smile as they walk or drive past. While I walked my dog yesterday I saw a rainbow with the initials of our local high school and it made me smile. We all miss each other, and we are holding on for a big reunion with our friends. Have a lovely week, everyone! πŸ™‚


    1. That’s such lovely gesture. I heard people were doing that the other day. I have a couple of friends in the U.K and just seeing the pictures they posted makes you smile πŸ™‚

  8. This is such a lovely post! Small acts of kindness can make a huge difference to someones day. Like you say, just acknowledging someone and saying hello can make someone feel special. In times like this, a simple text or facetime can be so important πŸ™‚ Thank you for spreading positivity, such a brilliant post! <3 xx

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  9. Hello. I have been mailing cards to friends and family that I haven’t seen in a while. It has brought a smile to my face when I drop them in the mail box. πŸ™‚

  10. This is such a lovely and special post. With everything going on in the would right now….it really is needed. I really enjoyed reading it and truly appreciate you sharing. Take care dear friend.

  11. Such a lovely post ❀️

    As much as i’m a little β€œehh” when someone thank me to have came to work to make their coffee in this pandemic, I love my customers little attentions β€” just being overly nice with us and patient, thanking us, asking if they can still leave a tip ..

    It’s just so important to always be kind; no matter if the person is being grumpy at you. and especially in a time like this when people working are most definately tired and scared, a little attention like this goes a long way!
    The other day a nice lady just asked what my ribbon on my wrist meant… and I started crying πŸ˜‚ I blame that on being tired as it was in the ending of my 10hrs shift and just coming out of a rush, although it’s about my mom having gotten a kidney transplant; but she was just SO nice about it and we chat a little.

    1. It’s little moments like that, that feel so genuine. I always try to be extra nice to the grumpy people. You never know, they could be having personal or financial issues, maybe everyone called in sick and their stressed, or, they could just be a jerk. Either way I “kill them with kindness” ;-). Thanks so much for your thoughtful comments. I love hearing stories from you guys <3

  12. I agree, I worked in customer service for years and just a thank you for helping goes a long way. And I believe in paying compliments to strangers because it makes there day and hopefully they will do the same for someone else. Thanks for sharing

  13. Giving someone a compliment can really change their mood/day. And I just got a beautiful card from someone, which also made my day. It is really about those little things

    1. It’s so true. Some people think you have to do grand gestures but really just a smile or a hello or the very much appreciated “thank you” do wonders

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