Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Operation Nice

I've just discovered the site Operation Nice and their NICE tips. I love this. The world should have more of this. Kindness goes a long way. To be clear, I'm not advocating for complete submission and kindness to the point of self deprivation. But I'm advocating for a consideration of other people. Perhaps even above a commonsense etiquette, I'm advocating going a step beyond the norm to make someone smile and brighten their day.

Some of my favorites from the site:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Give a child's old toys to a shelter every holiday season instead of trashing them.
  • 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 someone you come in contact with is doing a good job, tell them.

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