Tuesday, September 16, 2008

NICE Tips: Readers' Suggestions!

I was asking some of my buds on the HOW Design Forum for their NICE Testimonials, and Amanda put together a list of simple random acts of kindness. Missy and Kim added a few of their own as well.

I thought it would be fun to compile a list right here! So post a comment with your suggestion(s) and I'll edit the list to include it.
  • Give at least one sincere compliment a day and it doesn't have to be much. Tell someone they have a nice smile, or you like their shoes or you envy their patience. If you look for it, you can find something positive to say about anyone.
  • If you buy something from a vending machine, leave the change in the change thingy for the next person. It's funny how someone finding an unexpected quarter makes their day.
  • Make a bunch of small little notes that have positive messages like "Have a nice day!" or "Someone loves you" and hide them around a public area for random strangers to find. This is a good project for those who have kids.
  • Overtip your waitress.
  • Give an extra $5 when you pay for something (retail, fast food restaurant) and ask that they apply it to the next person in line.
  • If you pack lunches for your loved one, stick a small note telling them to have a great day. Similarly, hide small love letters in your significant others pockets/bags/jackets.
  • Clear the snow off a neighbor's car after a big snowfall.
  • When you see a mom with a stroller going into a building - hold the door for her. She'll appreciate it more than you'll know!
  • Send a random e-Card to someone you haven't talked to in a while for no special reason.
  • Put an extra nickel, dime or quarter in a parking meter for someone.
  • Leave flowers anonymously at a neighbors', May Day style.
  • Make eye contact with people and smile.
  • Wave when someone lets you merge on the road.
  • Let someone who has five items at the grocery store go in front of you and your cart full of items.
  • Pay the toll of the car driving behind you.
  • Holiday season is a great time to recognize people who are underappreciated...leave some homemade goodies in your mailbox with a thank you note for your postal carrier.
  • Buy a current bestseller and donate it to the local library.
  • Give blood to the Red Cross.
  • When a waitress or other service person has been exceptional, let their manager know.
  • If you take walks around the neighborhood, bring along a bag and pick up trash as you go.
  • During the holidays, bring some hot chocolate or coffee to the bell ringers who are standing outside in cold weather.
  • Thank a co-worker or employee out of the blue for there hard work.
  • Let someone turn left when the light turns green because there is a long line of traffic behind you.
  • Give a child's old toys to a shelter every holiday season instead of trashing them.
  • Buy a homeless person some water on a hot day.
  • Let someone pregnant or older sit in your seat when none are available.
  • Thank your spouse, significant other, roommate, mom, etc. whenever they prepare a meal for you. It shows great appreciation.
  • When making dinner, double the recipe and deliver dinner to a neighbor.
  • Offer your mail carrier, trash man or anyone else working out side on a hot day a bottle of water.
  • When someone you come in contact with is doing a good job, tell them.

27 comments:

Amanda said...

Some more that have popped in my head...

Holiday season is a great time to recognize people who are underappreciated...leave some homemade goodies in your mailbox with a thank you note for your postal carrier.

Buy a current bestseller and donate it to the local library.

Give blood to the Red Cross.

When a waitress or other service person has been exceptional, let their manager know.

If you take walks around the neighborhood, bring along a bag and pick up trash as you go.

During the holidays, bring some hot chocolate or coffee to the bell ringers who are standing outside in cold weather.

Thanks, Amanda

Melissa said...

Dang girl! You should write a book! :-)

Petunia Face said...

What a wonderful site! And I'm not just saying that to be "nice" :) although there'd be nothing wrong with that at all. I love all of the ideas and I can't wait to read through all of your archives.

Thanks for such a great site.

Amy said...

I feel better about the world just reading this list!

kiwimeg said...

Have you discovered 'The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation' - http://www.actsofkindness.org/index.asp

Definately one of the NICEst places on the web!!!

Anonymous said...

Melissa,
Here are some of my suggestions, things I do to brighten someones day.
Thanking a co-worker or employee out of the blue for there hard work.
Letting someone turn left when the light turns green because there is a long line of traffic behind you.
Giving a childs old toys to a shelter every holiday season instead of trashing them.
Buy a homeless person some water on a hot day.
Let someone pregnant or older sit in your seat when none are available.
Lastly, my husband Mark thanks me after every meal I prepare him. It shows great appreciation.
Tara W.

Pumpkin Petunia said...

When making dinner, double the recipe and deliver dinner to a neighbor. I have done this a few times with meals that are easily transportable and the receiver is always shocked and thrilled.

Offer your mail carrier, trash man or anyone else working out side on a hot day a bottle of water.

When someone you come in contact with is doing a good job, tell them.

Anonymous said...

My favorite is when I'm in the grocery store, to leave extra coupons I'm not using near the respective product.

Elaine said...

Some of this stuff makes me sad, like clearing off a neighbour's car in the snow. Most likely, people will just be suspicious of you around here. Sign.

Brooklyn said...

These are great! I am SO glad I came across your site!

SuperDave said...

Something I like to do is, whenever I use a public restroom, I roll out about 2 feet of toilet tissue, put a dollar on the roll, then roll it back up. That would make me smile.

Christa said...

Telling as many people about your site and this list is also another NICE thing to do.

Spreading smiles, happiness, kindness, giggles and joy to others is a priceless gift!

Mama Chicken said...

Make your new neighbor (or an old one) cookies. Homemade cookies have magic de-crankifying powers!

We had a neighbor that always complained to the HOA about the noise the kids made playing outside (normal kid noise)... we made cookies and had the kids deliver them. We never got a complaint again. We have since moved, but if we run into her around town, she always tells us how much she misses us! lol! :)

KaReN EiLeeN said...

Love your site. Making the world a nicer place....one nice idea at a time.

Donate old dog leashes, beds to animal shelters. Buy new doggie stuffed animals for them to sleep with.

KAREN EILEEN

susara said...

Buy color pencils or candies or cookies for children who are begging in the streets in developing countries while you traveling.

I think this will at least brighten their childhood memories.

Yah Tyng

dosomethingood said...

Here are some more ideas:

1. Give your food to others.

Give the hungry guy on the subway your orange. Wrap up leftovers from your big dinner out and give it to someone homeless and hungry after leaving the restaurant. Or buy something extra to share (I'm living in France right now, and I buy an extra baguette when I hit the bakery every day because I always end up giving it away - same concept).

2. Refrain from littering.

Be nice to the environment! Simple, but so overlooked. This includes cigarette butts and that napkin or straw wrapper that "just blew away".

3. Empty the spare change from your pockets daily, save it in a piggy bank and donate it to your favorite charity at the end of the year.

4. Similar to the toll suggestion, put a quarter in someone’s expiring meter. If you can, leave them a note and encourage them to do something nice for another person, too.

5. Volunteer.

6. When a friend asks you to support their run for cancer, swim for ALS research, or other good cause, make a monetary contribution – even if it’s not a huge amount.

7. Go through your home and put together a bag of items to donate to Goodwill, Salvation Army, Dress for Success, or another reputable like program (of course, make sure the the items actually get there!).

Kind regards,

Kelly

Nicole Kendra Mazzeo said...

Call the number on the back of big trucks that say, "How's My Driving?" when they are driving well.

Naomi Alice said...

great tips! thank you :)
I would add, pick up mail delivery for neighbors when not at home and make a good dinner for missionaries always at work.

I posted your tip suggestions resurce on my blog:
naomialice.blogspot.com

thank you! :) ciao!

Maria said...

Every Rememberance Day, (Veterans Day in the USA)I always be sure to thank a Veteran. Usually they are in front of Walmarts or such, handing out Poppies to wear on our coats. I want them to know that I'm very thankful for my freedom. People ask me why I still have my poppy on at the end of November; as if we should only wear them leading up to Rememberance Day; I tell them that we should never forget what they went through, for us and our country.

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Meg said...

I just found your site! What a lovely site it is! I recently did a small project writing 100 ways you can be nice to others, random niceness. And I asked others to give me their list and they did! It was fun. I will definitely be sharing your site now! YAY for niceness! Yay for you!

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KatieAnna said...

What a nice site to visit. It's truly lovely.
I think something nice which I try to promote is what I call "Just One Thing", if every time someone went to the grocery store they bought, just one thing and put it in the food bank, what would happen? I'd like to find out.

Krista said...

When you see a military man or woman in the airport, buy them a cup of coffee or a meal. They are usually a long way from home, and a small kindness barely repays all that they do for us!

samrx said...

My favorite is when I'm in the grocery store, to leave extra coupons I'm not using near the respective product.

Whit said...

Sometimes it seems that chivalry is dead. So when a guy does something really respectful and courteous, let him know that you really appreciate it.
Whenever you compliment someone, look them in the eyes and almost go overboard on your sincereness. Show them you truly mean what you say.
Pay for the person behind you in parking garages, toll roads,or leave $5 for the car behind you in a drive through.
Tip drive through workers. It really makes their days.
Save up some money, then go to a park or the streets of a city and hand out $1 bills.

:D

NOTON by Raquel said...

Loved these tips! It's so easy to be nice, and it really makes my day when I make someone smile :D