Raise your hand if you’re happy it’s Friday! 🙋🏼 I pre-wrote this post because I’m currently on the trip up to New Jersey with my boyfriend to visit some of his extended family for Easter. It’s going to be a long drive, so feel free to head over to my Instagram and keep me occupied! While so many people celebrate this holiday just for the candy and the Easter bunny, I’m celebrating even more than just that. On Easter Sunday, I rejoice that so many years ago, Jesus took my place on a cross, washed away my sins, and rose from the dead three days later, allowing me to live a joy and peace-filled life in His Father’s presence. Just thinking on these things brings such thankfulness into my heart, and all I want to do is share that love He gave to me with others, and make their day!
Sometimes I find myself so focused on my own selfish needs and desires, that I forget how many others around me are hurting. That one rude waitress may have just gotten a ticket on her way to work, or that mom you saw snapping at her kids could have found out she wasn’t able to afford this month’s rent. You never know what others may be going through, so why not do what you can to make their day a little brighter? Here are FIVE ways to do just that:
Pay it forward
This one is pretty well known. You’re in the Starbucks drive-thru or the check-out line at the grocery store. Instead of just paying for your own order, pay for the person behind you. You have no idea how much they might have needed to save their money that day.
Paper and pen, envelopes and stamps. It’s a lost art, but it’s so much fun to receive. I had so many pen-pals when I was a little girl. Write a note to your best friend and mail it to them. I can bet you anything it’ll put a giant grin on their face.
Compliments are key
Come on, it’s not that hard to tell someone that their hair looks fabulous or that you love their shoes. Sometimes I’m a little too shy to do this, so I’ll tell my boyfriend, and before I know it, he’s walking up to the cashier at Target to tell her that I love her unicorn locks 😂 You know what? I can spot the blush from a mile away, so it was well worth it.
Let them know you’re thinking of them
Have you ever gotten a text that just said something like, “I heard a Jonas Brothers song in my flashback playlist today and it made me think of when you loved them so much”? Okay that’s totally something only my bestie would send me, but it seriously means so much to know that she thought of me. Sometimes I’ll just text my boyfriend with a silly Finding Nemo gif or something random during his work shift to tell him he’s on my mind. It doesn’t have to be excessive, just enough to let them know you care.
Bake it up
They say a way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, but I think that applies to more than just men. There’s a Christmas movie I love that at one point shows a lady baking goodies for her apartment neighbor, even though they rarely talk. It’s always made me want to whip up a batch of peanut butter truffle cookies (my signature) and just leave them on my neighbor’s porch. I know I would love a surprise like that!
These are just a few of my favorite ways to turn someone’s frown upside down and make their day better. What are some of the ways you put this into practice? Let me know so I can bring a little more joy into my life and the lives around me. Happy Easter, everyone!
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