Do Something Nice Today — It Will Make YOUR DAY!

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It's National Do Something Nice Day!

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When I was a child and found myself feeling unhappy or perhaps feeling sorry for myself about one thing or another, the advice I would receive from my mom was, "Go find someone and do something nice for them!"

To my pleasure and also my surprise, when I followed her advice my day and my mood got a lot better! For anyone who was lucky enough to receive and follow this wisdom, you know what I am talking about. Helping someone else makes you feel great. As I grew, I continued this practice and find it capable of making even a very dark day brighter.

I've also found that when I do something nice for someone without their knowing who their benefactor was, it gives me a special sort of glee and excitement — which, I can only compare to the wonder and thrill I experienced as a child at Christmas time — the joy and pleasure derived from giving someone special, something from your heart.

Since today is "National Do Something Nice Day," here is an opportunity for everyone to have the excuse to experience this wonderful gift you give yourself by giving to someone else. It doesn't have to be some enormous gesture — just something nice. As you go through your day you will likely find dozens, if not hundreds, of opportunities. Make the most of these, and if you find, as I have, that doing so made YOUR day brighter, perhaps you can make it an everyday habit. I mean why wait a whole year for something that will make you feel so good?!


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This doesn't mean take credit for being nice, just do it and you might even find that those around you will pick up the habit as well. Who knows? It might even go "VIRAL." Just imagine for a moment what a world we would have if everyone on it was doing something nice for at least one person every single day! Today is a great day to start the trend. What nice things will you do? Here is a starter list, but there is no end to the ideas. You may even find you gain pleasure from just pondering on nice things you can do.

  1. Pay for someone’s coffee behind you in line.
  2. Pick up something someone dropped by you.
  3. Reach something off the shelf that someone else can't.
  4. Holding the door for someone.
  5. Lend a hand to someone who looks like they’re struggling.
  6. Offer to do yard work for an elderly person.
  7. Visit a nursing home and talk to someone who’s lonely.
  8. Give extra coupons away.
  9. Donate your clothes you no longer wear.
  10. Say “thank you” and mean it, feel it. 
  11. Smile at everyone you see
  12. Listen to someone’s story.
  13. Donate food to a homeless shelter.
  14. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  15. Send letters to those in our military.
  16. Donate your freebies.
  17. Rake leaves in the Fall for someone.
  18. Carry someone’s groceries.
  19. Bake cookies for your local police or fire stations.
  20. Compliment a stranger.
  21. Donate books you will no longer read.
  22. Make cards for cancer patients.
  23. Take your neighbor’s trash to the curb for them.
  24. Read to children.
  25. Let the person behind in line you go first.
  26. Offer to take someone’s shift if you’re available.
  27. Pass your morning paper to someone else that would enjoy reading it.
  28. Donate used luggage to foster kids.
  29. Fold your roommate’s laundry for them.
  30. Make an extra lunch for a homeless person.
  31. Ask someone how their day is going and genuinely listen to their response.
  32. Help someone struggling to reach something on the top shelf.
  33. Fix your neighbor a meal.

"Do Something Nice Today!"

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Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Dave Martin (703) 585-4687  I try to something nice everyday . It amazes me when I smile at someone how often some people just do not smile back while others give me a big smile in return . 

Oct 05, 2018 12:02 PM #4
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Hi Dave- what a wonderful post and I love that your mother told you what she did when you were feeling sorry for yourself. It really is like a huge mood lifter when you do something nice (even if only a smile) for someone. 

Oct 05, 2018 05:45 PM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

Your mama was a smart cookie. And, I think we should live this philosophy each and every day, regardless of our mood. Happy Saturday, Dave. 

Oct 06, 2018 06:47 AM #6
Jeff Stevens
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices New Mexico Properties - Las Cruces, NM
Jeff Stevens REALTOR®/Associate Broker

Dave Martin (703) 585-4687 - Love this post. Here's one to add to your list: Anonymously pay for kids school lunches. It is not uncommon for many kids to go without lunch. Heartbreaking. Imagine the difference that could make to a kid during his/her day at school? (Thanks for the Follow. I followed you back!)  

Oct 06, 2018 06:52 AM #7
Home Blogger
Home Blogger - Waco, TX
Helpful tips, info and gadgets to make life better

Very nice thoughts so nice I am going to attempt my first Reblog thanks for the wonderful idea

Oct 06, 2018 10:12 AM #8
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224


                        Thank you, Dave. 

Oct 06, 2018 05:32 PM #9
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Dave Martin (703) 585-4687 what a nice post.... and one good turn always deserves another...imagine the magnitude of that if everyone did a good turn for another....

Oct 07, 2018 05:36 AM #10
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Dave Martin (703) 585-4687,

I'm so glad that Kathy Streib featured you post in her "Ah-ha" moments for the week. What a wonderful post and wish everyone of us could make this a priority every day! Your mom was one smart lady!!

Oct 07, 2018 06:18 AM #11
Rachel Dunn
Title - Reesville, OH
Title Admin

This is just such a great idea and I hope others will follow the example. I am not sure how to do this or if it will work but I am going to try to reblog this post.

Thanks Dave Martin (703) 585-4687 

Oct 07, 2018 09:48 AM #12
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good afternoon Dave - those are great suggestions and we should not wait for a special day to do it 

Oct 07, 2018 02:22 PM #13
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, Keller Williams Fox Cities - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

Hi Dave, Thanks for sharing information about this great day.    What a fabulous list of things we could do -  to do something nice.

Oct 07, 2018 07:27 PM #14
Natalie Norris
Fetch A Geek - Orlando, FL
Real Estate Marketing & Consulting

Hi Dave! What a great list! Thank you for the reminder! Even a smile goes a long way! 

Oct 08, 2018 07:34 AM #15
Jeff Dowler, CRS
Solutions Real Estate - Carlsbad, CA
The Southern California Relocation Dude


I had no idea Oct. 5th was this special day...but why not EVERY day. I love the advice your Mom gave you  - thank you for sharing this.


Oct 08, 2018 07:51 AM #16
Thommin B
Internet Marvels - Georgetown, MA
Internet solutions for the real world

Thanks for sharing this it would be great if everyone took the advice and did something nice for at least one person everyday... just because :-)

Oct 08, 2018 08:26 AM #17
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

It's amazing just how awesome you can feel when someone does the simplest of things for you....especially if it's a stranger!

Oct 08, 2018 04:48 PM #18
Tammy Lankford,
Lane Realty Eatonton, GA Lake Sinclair, Milledgeville, 706-485-9668 - Eatonton, GA
Broker GA Lake Sinclair/Eatonton/Milledgeville

I love doing for for others and often my husband and I look for the opportunity to do so.

Oct 08, 2018 09:02 PM #19
Gwen Fowler-CRS- 864-638-3599 SC Mountains & Lakes--
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc - Salem, SC
Gwen Fowler Real Estate, Inc.

Thank you for sharing such a great list! It doesn't take much to be helpful, and in turn feel good about your day. 

Oct 09, 2018 06:44 AM #20
Wendy Lawrence
Home & Family Blogging Mom - Crown Point, IN
Full-Time Wife, Mother & Blogger for Families

What a very uplifting blog I love the advice your mom gave you. Even though this has been reblogged a few times I think I will try my first reblog as well Thanks Dave

Oct 09, 2018 07:17 AM #21
Jan Green
Value Added Service, 602-620-2699 - Scottsdale, AZ
HomeSmart Elite Group, REALTOR®, EcoBroker, GREEN

What a great sentiment!  Your mother was wise beyond those words.   That is a great lesson in life.  Love your list! 

Oct 10, 2018 07:52 PM #22
John Wiley
Right Move Real Estate Group- EXP Realty - Fort Myers, FL
Lee County, FL, ECO Broker, GRI, SRES,GREEN,PSA

Great ideas provided in this post.

I was just pondering about what the world would be like if we set a goal of doing something nice everyday.

Oct 15, 2018 01:26 PM #23
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