I’m nearly certain trying to be nice is in my DNA. Don’t get me wrong, I can be quite mean. But being nice is just way too much fun and I prefer it unless otherwise provoked. I’ve noticed that the LA area isn’t exactly full of cheerful faces, and in that respect it reminds me very much of NYC. Every man for himself? I disagree. I’ve actually shocked people here just by being nice. Two incidents lead to someone getting out of their car to thank me. Can you believe that? While I appreciate the gratitude, I think kind acts should be commonplace.
Here are some ideas:
- Put quarters in an expired parking meter.
- Laugh at someone’s joke.
- Call someone you haven’t talked to in a really long time.
- Give your friend a gift for no reason.
- Stay by the door and hold it open for the people behind you.
- Compliment the person you’re standing awkwardly in an elevator with.
- Offer to carry something heavy for someone who is struggling.
- Praise a coworker for doing something well.
- Compliment a cashier’s nail color during checkout.
- Send out a nice email to someone, just because you appreciate them.
- Let someone with less items go ahead of you in line to checkout.
- Let cars merge into your lane.
- Leave an big, unexpected tip to a rushed waiter having a bad day.
- Offer your parking spot to someone in need.
- Call to compliment a small business owner on a job well done.
- Teach someone something you do well.
- Offer to lend a book, game, or album to someone who can’t afford it.
- Pay for the order behind you at a drive through.
- Write a nice thank you note or smiley face on the check at a restaurant.
These instantly make someone smile. Something so simple fills you with a high. Try it, it’s addictive!
What good deeds would you add to this list?
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