How to make someone’s day without stressing out or taking much effort. We all want to do something nice for our loved ones, family, friends colleagues, etc.
Like planning a surprise on their bday, or taking them out for dinner or movies, buying their favorite things, or going on a long drive with them.
We have all been there and done that for our loved ones.
But do you know that our everyday simple kind gestures can also mean a lot for someone?
Yes, why just our family and friends, anyone you meet needs to feel good about themselves, feel special, relieved, and cheer me up when they going through a bad day or a situation in their life.
So here are the five ways in which you can make someone’s day with simple and easy gestures that can go a long way.
1.Say thank you ( and mean it).
An intentional act of gratitude-acknowledging and appreciating a person, whether it’s someone you know or a stranger- is one of the most effective ways to boost well-being for both the giver and the receiver of the kindness. A simple thank you to anyone can mean a lot to them. Once a newly appointed school principal told us about thanking the peon of the school. The Peon teared up and said that no one had ever thanked him during his many years there. The principal’s voice swelled with emotion as he told us the story. Gratitude goes a long way.
2. Take something off their plate.
Once I was living in a girls hostel and we shared chores. One day it was my turn to do the room cleaning but I was really busy with some work and felt overwhelmed. My roommates offered to do them for me, and I was so relieved and thankful. Acting in a spirit of generosity is a way to be compassionate. You can surprise your spouse by paying the bills, doing the laundry-it doesn’t have to be a huge task, but when they realize it’s done, they will be so relieved to have one less thing to worry about
3. Let them into your lane or let them go first.
Traffic can be very frustrating. Everyone wants to reach somewhere on time. When I’m on the road, I always try to think of other drivers- I always try to let others into my lane if they need to get there. It’s easy to do, and it’s so irritating when people won’t let you in, especially when the traffic is moving so slowly. I also give way to people sometimes or wait for them while they go first. When someone lets you by, it’s very important to give the courtesy wave to make sure they know you appreciated their gesture. Just a little wiggle of your fingers to say, “ Hey, thanks, that made my day a little easier.
4. Bite your tongue.
More people than we like to think move through this world without enough basic emotional support. They want to connect, and listening to them helps that connection happen. But listeners often respond with a parable about their life. Very quickly, a conversation can go from helping a friend in need to talking about how something similar happened to you and you know how it feels. The person who wants to be heard is left with small wars raging inside her head and heart. When I’m interrupting someone, its often because I have a lot of energy. But if I take a deep breath, relax my shoulders, and focus on the person in front of me, I’ll slow myself down enough to calmly listen
5. Share a Song.
Brightening the day of someone going through something very tough, such as an illness, a divorce, or a job loss, doesn’t have to be complicated. Try simply sending them or posting a song on their Facebook page. You can also post a funny movie trailer or a video of you saying hello. I learned how meaningful this can be when I was going through depression. One day I was having a particularly difficult time, and I got a big pick-me-up when a friend sent me one of his favorite songs on my WhatsApp. I love the song and went back to that text often to listen to it. But I also loved that he shared something that meant a lot to him. It was a gift he could give with joy and in a matter of seconds.
These are some ways to make someone’s day without doing something too big or taking a lot of effort. These easy acts of goodwill help your fellow humans- and you too.
Let me know your thoughts on this below and also share an act of kindness you did recently for someone to make their day.