Wednesday, June 6, 2012

I'm Overdue.............

Recipients of our appreciation are apt to express their own gratitude to others, lengthening the unending, golden chain of connections-in-goodness that stretches across the world.   Mary Ford Grabowsky

Looking back at previous posts I realize I haven't shared lately some downright Make a Difference... Brighten Their Day tidbits. Quick recap for those who have just joined us...I believe in making a positive difference in people's lives...and it doesn't have to take all that much. Perhaps the toughest thing is to get in the habit of having it in the front of our minds so it becomes a natural knee jerk reaction.

Now some acts of kindness fall into the common courtesy category, but I must say if that's not natural for ya', you may want to start there. Open a door and step aside as the person behind you walks through it first and give 'em big ole smile. 

So today I am going to share some quirky fun ideas that can brighten a day and bring on a smile. Not  just the recipient will benefit, it's pretty fun for the giver too.

Pass along a carriage at the market where you have to put a quarter in to get one.

Leave a random post it note out in public that says "Smile...You Matter".

When it is your turn at the checkout, turn to the person behind you and say "go ahead, you can go next".

Leave fresh flowers at a neighbor's door with a note saying "Happy National Smile Day".

Send a note of  thanks to the staff  at your dentist, doctor, hair stylist or even favorite coffee shop. Let them know you appreciate what they do.

Leave a note on your child's pillow telling them how special they are.

Spotlight Family Dinner: Pick one person at the table to be the "star" the entire meal. They choose conversation, don't have to help clean up, gets the last piece of get the idea.

Send a note to your child's teacher thanking them for their dedication to the class.

Compliment some one you don't know. Little side note here: once in the market I said to a women waiting at the deli with me, "I just have to tell you how much a like your haircut". She turned around with the biggest smile and thanked me. Then we were both smiling.

Give out Kudos snack bars to your child's sport team for a job well done..even if they didn't win ...actually especially if  they didn't win.

When going through a toll booth pay for the person behind you.

Pick up a few $5.00 (plug in your favorite coffee shop here) gift cards and give them out when you see someone could use a little pick me up.

Get a bunch of helium balloons on strings and walk around passing them out at the park.....and I don't mean giving them just to kids either. Watch the reaction when you hand one to an adult and say "here you go, something to brighten your day"!

These are just random ideas that yield some pretty great responses. I'm not going to kid you, some are out of the box and require you to step out of your comfort zone.....but keep in mind, you will be adding to the golden chain of go ahead Make Someone's Day!


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