Violence against caregivers, cashiers being completely ignored… Sometimes it seems like friendliness is a rare thing. And that’s while it’s so easy. These friendly gestures will make both others and yourself feel good.
1 Send a kind message to a friend
Just to let them know you’re thinking about them.
2 Leave a note at your colleague’s desk
Today, don’t use your sticky notes for the umpteenth chores you really need to do today, but write down a friendly note for a colleague and stick it to their desk or screen.
3 Keep the door open for someone
It’s so simple.
4 Send a postcard
Who said postcards are just for birthdays or other special occasions? It’s so much fun to find an old-fashioned postcard in the mailbox, especially when it’s completely unexpected.
5 Give a compliment
Did your neighbor get a new haircut, or are you impressed with your colleague’s great presentation? Don’t keep it to yourself, tell them.
6 Offer a homeless person a sandwich or a cup of coffee
7 Do a chore for your partner or roommate
If your partner or roommate usually takes out the garbage or cleans the bathroom, but they’re really busy today (or they simply hate domestic chores), just take up the task for the day.
8 Let someone else go first at the register
9 Hide a little note in a library book
Write down what struck you about the book, or simply say ‘have fun reading’.
10 Donate clothes or other stuff
If you have a wardrobe filled with clothes you never wear, or it’s time to get rid of all the kitchen utensils you never use, there’s probably someone who’ll be really happy with them. Charities usually welcome them, too.
11 Tell someone you love how happy they make you
12 Greet a stranger passing you by in the street
It may feel a little bit awkward at first, but if we make it into a habit to wish other people ‘goodmorning’ or ‘good afternoon’, the world will start looking a lot friendlier.
13 Get your colleagues coffee
Yup, even if it’s not your turn.
14 Give your mom a call
Or your dad, grandma, grandpa or aunt: just to ask them how they’re doing.
15 Be kind to yourself
It’s just as important as being nice to others. Today, don’t curse at yourself for not being perfect, but stand in front of the mirror and give yourself a compliment. Out loud!
Text: Sanne Eva Dijkstra - Photo: Veronika Homchis