Everyone has positive days when you feel like you can achieve anything, but then many of us also go through those times when just the thought of getting out of bed becomes a serious challenge. The 17th of February is National Random Acts of Kindness Day, so we’re celebrating the small things you can do to help make someone’s day just that little bit better, because we can all understand how it feels to have a terrible day. Read on to discover our suggestions!
Say please and thank you
This is an obvious one, and something your parents should have instilled deep within your understanding of good manners long ago! Seriously, though, it’s surprising how much just a bit of common courtesy can brighten up someone’s day.
Smile at strangers
Flash a smile at people in the street, shop, bus, or wherever else you happen to be! It’s simple, but could help to make someone feel noticed. If you’re feeling really adventurous, you could even try striking up a conversation… we find that talking about the weather is often a good place to start!
Listen to someone else’s problems
Or not even problems, just someone else’s stories. Taking the time to listen (and we mean really listen) to what another person has to say can make them feel valued. Or it might just give them the opportunity to vent their frustrations if they’re having the worst of all bad days.
Hide messages in places
Write little notes of encouragement, either for strangers, friends or family, and hide them in various places to be found at some point in the future. Imagine reading a book when you’re feeling down and coming across a sticky note telling you that you’re doing great. That could definitely put a spring in your step!
Speak to someone who seems lost
How many times have you been at a party where you didn’t really know anyone? If the answer’s at least once, you’ll know how awkward that can make a person feel. So when you see someone who might be feeling a little lost in a social situation, why not try to make them feel more welcome?
Thank people for things they’ve already done
It’s one thing saying thank you in the moment, but have you ever thanked someone for something they did a while ago, however small, that actually made a big difference? They may not have even realised, and it could really mean something to them to hear how much you appreciated their actions.
Let someone jump the queue
We have a love-hate relationship with queuing in the UK; we hate it, but have refined it almost to the point of perfection! Everyone hates queue jumpers, but if you have a little time to spare while waiting for the supermarket checkout, why not let someone else in before you?
Help a colleague
Are you scraping the barrel for things to do at work while one of your colleagues is feeling totally overwhelmed? If there’s anything you could help them with, or a task you could take off their hands, it might improve their day no end. Plus, as an added bonus, they might repay the favour at a later date!
Make them a hot drink
In much the same vein, everyone’s day improves when a colleague, friend, family member, or even casual acquaintance makes you a tea or coffee. Unless you’re one of those people who doesn’t drink hot drinks… We’re not judging you, but the less said about that the better!
There are so many small ways in which you can help to make a difference to someone’s day, or even life, and we hope we’ve given you a few ideas to start you off on the right track! Something else that can help you get the most from life are your hobbies and passions. At The Insurance Emporium, we provide specialist insurance products for all your adventures, from dogs to golf and caravans to music. If you’re looking to help protect what you love in life, why not visit our product pages to find out if we have the perfect policy for you?
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