Tuesday, October 25, 2011

NICE Site: 88 Ways To Make A Stranger Smile

My friend, Bryan, posted this link on his Facebook page this morning. I love it! Making people (strangers, acquaintances, best friends, WHOEVER!) smile should be something we strive for every day. And like I always say, it doesn't take massive amounts of effort. The simplest things can make a big difference.

88 Ways To Make A Stranger Smile

These are some of my favorites on the list:

10. Send flowers to someone anonymously.
11. Be a courteous driver. Let people merge in front of you.
17. Send letters of appreciation to business owners/managers and other people who support you.
35. Wave to a kid in the car next to you.
48. Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand.
57. Say “Please” and “Thank you.”
69. Acknowledge people for a job well done.
82. If you see a couple taking a self-pic, offer to take the picture for them.
86. Make yourself available and approachable.

Which ones resonate with you? Number 35 reminds me of when I was a kid and how exciting it was when you'd wave at other cars and someone would finally wave back at you. Anything you'd add to the list? I think I'd add "Ask someone who looks lost or is looking at a map if they need directions."

8 comments:

GRACE PETERSON said...

These are all great ideas! Opportunities abound if we just look for them!

Ronise said...

when i was in Buenos Aires, Argentina, a lot of people would stop to help us with directions when they saw us looking at the map and would also offer to take pictures of our group. i though they were incredibly nice and made our trip much more enjoyable. also, i always wave at kids, i love it (it makes ME smile)

Jessica (aka Faeanne) said...

Thanks for sharing! I think my favorite is #37 Repeat something nice you heard about someone else.

Taylor Lynn said...

Such great ideas! It can be fun to wave at cars, and it's always nice to offer to help people out. :) What a fabulous list!

I think that Operation NICE is fantastic! Your list of NICE tips, especially. The item "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" actually inspired me to start a kind of blog party - I call it 'Unofficial International Leave a Note Week', and from Dec. 12-19 me and my bloggy friends will be leaving little notes in public places.

http://perfectlysensiblenonsense.blogspot.com/2011/12/write-inspiring-message-and-leave-it.html

Anyway, thanks for starting this great website! I love it!

Hugs,
Taylor Lynn <3

The Belly Dancer said...

Great ideas, I love your blog! New follower.

Nancy said...

As kids we used to sit in the back of our station wagon, facing the car behind us (big no no today!) and wave at the cars behind us. It was a riot and so much fun when people smiled and waved back.

Northern☆Light said...

Great blog! I love this post. All very nice ideas!

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