Work Hard and Be Nice to People: 5 Ways to Make Someone’s Day

Work Hard and Be Nice to People: 5 Ways to Make Someone's Day

Work Hard and Be Nice to People: 5 Ways to Make Someone's Day

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.

Snail mail

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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31 Comments

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    Donna
    April 14, 2017 at 10:48 AM

    Writing letters is a lost art! What better way to show someone you care. Love everything about this post! Keep loving Jesus!❤

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    Samantha Milligan
    April 14, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    LOVED this post girl. Not only do you look gorgeous, but these 5 tips are amazing. I really love the idea of writing letters again, you are so right…they can brighten someone’s day and it is just a little extra step to show something you are thinking about them and you really care.
    Hope you have a great weekend!
    XX-Samantha | chicserendipityblog.com

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    Kate
    April 14, 2017 at 12:21 PM

    Great tips! Love those leggings!

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    Samantha
    April 14, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Aw I love these tips! So important to remember. I have the same Nikes too – they’re my FAVE! Thanks for sharing 🙂
    http://www.thefitbrunette.com

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    Thomas Falkenstedt
    April 14, 2017 at 12:55 PM

    Apart from the baking, I do all of those. I compliment people randomly (but not without reason), send snail mail to people I know really appreciate the time and effort, text friends I haven’t heard from in a while and try to spread love around me. It’s so important to give back the love that Jesus showed us and although I might not always be able to do so, I try to live by his teachings.
    Have a wonderful Easter!
    xoxo
    Thomas

    http://www.thomasfalkenstedt.com/

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    Mariann Yip
    April 14, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    I love this post and adore your tips! I will definitely use it and such a cute outfit. Those leggings loook super comfy 🙂

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    Laurelle
    April 14, 2017 at 1:34 PM

    Oh my gosh, just when I thought I couldn’t love your posts more, you went ahead and shared this one! I agree with and love everything you shared! I think I knew you were a Christian, but it was so cool to hear you open up here! I am too and love Easter for many of those reasons too! And I am so with you on how important it is to be kind, and to remember that you never know what someone is going though. I know often times when I’m in a bad mood, it’s because something happened that was hard or frustrating, and I really need a bit of love or grace. I’m sure many others are the same way! Thanks for always being an encouragement and light!
    Laurelle
    http://www.bellebylaurelle.com

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    Jenn Hanft
    April 14, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Firstly, hope you’re having an AMAZING time with the boyfie for the weekend 🙂 Second, I love this post!!! These 5 ways are perfect. I love paying it forward because small gestures like those can really make a huge difference. Also, pen pals!! Omg it has been so long before I got a handwritten letter. That would certainly bring a smile to anyone’s face, especially mine! Hehe thanks for all these tips. I hope lots of people follow them <3

    With love, Jenn
    https://www.jubilantdose.com/

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    Ashley DTKAustin
    April 14, 2017 at 2:43 PM

    I’m in love with this workout gear!! Have fun in Jersey!! Happy Easter!

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    Jenna Colgrove
    April 14, 2017 at 3:04 PM

    love those floral pants!

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    Gracie
    April 14, 2017 at 6:46 PM

    Thank you, I needed that. I love all your points. Makes me stop and take notice to do as many as i can. I always think that you can make someone’s day by just smiling. It is amazing what an effect you can have on someone. I love paying it forward, I have had that happen to me many times. Happy Easter & safe travels.

    Xxgracie

    snappedbygracie.com

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    Bernice
    April 14, 2017 at 7:26 PM

    What a beautiful blog post to make for this Easter. It is important that we remember during this period of the sacrifice made in our behalf, and the sacrifices we can make for others 🙂

    https://www.bunnybernice.com/single-post/2017/04/13/Graduated-with-what

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    Jordan Chapman
    April 14, 2017 at 8:47 PM

    I love these recommendations! I’ve started just dropping comments and compliments to people out of the blue and I can tell it helps!
    Jordan xx
    http://www.thehatlogic.com

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    Stephanie
    April 14, 2017 at 11:12 PM

    Such a cute idea for a post. It made my day just reading this!

    Stephanie | http://www.dotsandhoney.com

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    Samantha Mariko
    April 15, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    I notice more and more how much comes back when you do something even really small for someone else. I’m always grateful when someone shows appreciation for anything I do. It’s the small things that make a difference, right? 🙂
    http://www.samanthamariko.com

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    Yasmin
    April 15, 2017 at 11:24 PM

    Such a cute workout look and adore the tote bag! These are all great tips for being kind. I love the baking idea – there’s something for both of you in there. You get to lick the bowl and they get to remember you when they bite into something delicious!

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

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    Candace
    April 16, 2017 at 12:26 AM

    I recently went to this sandwich joint called Which Wich and I was not greeted when I walked in. Anyone who knows me, knows I do not tolerate this and will go off in 2 seconds. I don’t know what it is that prevented me from doing that this time, but I am glad I didn’t. Perhaps her boss upset her or she had a disagreement with her boyfriend. One thing I need to learn is to show more compassion when it comes to what others may be dealing with in life, rather than what appears on the outside looking in. On another note, your fitness gear is on point!

    http://www.thebeautybeau.com

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    Maggie
    April 16, 2017 at 2:41 PM

    My best friend sends me snail mail and it always means so much!

    http://www.maggiealamode.com

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    Mariam
    April 16, 2017 at 5:01 PM

    Love all of your suggestions. Getting snail mail is especially the best!

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    Lauren
    April 16, 2017 at 11:52 PM

    Okay this bag is the best!! I love the saying and everything behind it. You can’t accomplish things if you aren’t nice to people 🙂

    Xx,

    Lauren // http://www.mylifeaslaurr.com

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    hashtagfablife
    April 17, 2017 at 1:35 AM

    Love all of your tips and that tote bag is perfect!

    HashtagFabLife

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    Bryanna
    April 17, 2017 at 12:10 PM

    I hope you had an amazing Easter spent with loved ones! Such a great time to post about making people’s day. With the holidays around, it really just gives you that extra motivation to be kind. I really like the pay it forward idea, and wish people would do it more in my area. Maybe I will just have to start the trend myself 🙂

    xoxo Bryanna | Coming in Clutch

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    Liz
    April 17, 2017 at 1:07 PM

    Such a great post and a great reminder. Absolutely loved it!

    Liz
    http://Www.lizzieinlace.com

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    Bella
    April 17, 2017 at 1:16 PM

    Such great tips!!! Also love the floral pants so cute.

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    Jo
    April 17, 2017 at 2:50 PM

    Hope you had a wonderful Easter weekend! I’m loving the positive vibes in this post! It’s so true that a little random act of kindness can make anyone’s day. And not just for the recipient but for the giver too. I always feel much happier when I know that I’ve been helpful to someone in some way, shape, or form.

    xo, Jo
    http://www.cutandchic.com

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    Anna Cobbs
    April 17, 2017 at 3:09 PM

    Such great tips!!! I absolutely love getting snail mail and try to send them to my friends every once in awhile, too!

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    Iliana
    April 18, 2017 at 12:27 AM

    I hope you had an amazing Eastern with your boyfriend’s family 🙂

    I love your sport wear Post because of the fun prints! Love these purples and those tips are my favorites <3

    Xx

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    Josie
    April 18, 2017 at 4:42 AM

    Loved this post so much babe! I also celebrate this day for more than chocolates. I am a believer and it is the most precious God has given us. It’s just so beautiful and I always feel blessed and thankful for Jesus. These tips are seriously so simple to do but can impact someone’s life in a bigger way! Bravo and love your outfit by the way!

    Bisous, Josie
    http://www.petiteandbold.com

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    Claudia Di Capua
    April 18, 2017 at 2:42 PM

    Such a great and IMPORTANT post! Love the message and snail mail idea 🙂

    ~Claudia Di Capua
    http://www.claudiadicapua.com

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    Sharon Wu
    April 19, 2017 at 11:23 PM

    Such a great post and reminder! I love snail mail personally and use it to keep in touch with some of my high school and college friends 🙂 so much fun!!

    xo, sharon

    http://www.stylelullaby.com/interior/wake-up-better-tuft-and-needle/
    @stylelullaby

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    Marcy
    April 21, 2017 at 3:40 PM

    Such a great post babe! You look beautiful as always and your tips are great and honestly simple things like that can make the someones day better. Thanks for reminding us

    Xoxo
    Marcy

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