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5 ways to make someone’s day

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5 ways to make someone's day

Don’t you love when someone does something that changes your mood from a frown to a smile. Doing something little for someone else is a nice opportunity to embrace that warm, fuzzy feeling and spread it a little further. Here’s 5 ways you can easily make someone’s day today:

One: Be thoughtful
When I was about 12 years of age, we went on a little road trip to visit my Nanna who lived 3 hours north of our home. We all piled into our car {except my Dad who was working} and went on our way. About 2.5 hours into the trip we got a flat tyre. Back then my Dad was a car salesman, so the car was a borrowed one from the yard and it had no spare. We were pretty much stranded. There was one abandoned farm house, a whole heap of sheep and nothing more. No cars stopped. We didn’t have mobile phones. I won’t lie, us kids kinda freaked out. I’m sure Ma was freaking out inside too.

A bike {bicycle not motorbike} rider stopped and asked if we needed help. We told him what had happened and he offered to ride into the nearest town and get us a tyre. I don’t know how on earth he managed it, but on that hot day he made it all the way back and he saved us. He even put the tyre on the car. Ma put a $20 note {all she had} into his helmet, and we all thanked him a million times over.

I’ve never forgotten that guy and his kind gesture. He could have rode {ridden?} past and pretended he didn’t see us like everyone else, but he stopped and went above and beyond to help. I’ve always wanted to do that for other people, surprise them with kindness. All it takes is a little extra thought, and some time. What could you do for someone else today?

Two: Listen
My cousin once did a course for work and part of it covered how to be a good listener to her staff. We had dinner the night after the course, and she said to me, “You know, you’re a really good listener. You can tell because you repeat what people have stated, you nod along…” and a few other things I can’t remember {I promise I was listening!}.

Some people just want to be heard. The other morning at the supermarket a man was talking rather loudly to himself about how the lotto was $20 million that night and he hoped someone won it. Most people turned away, to avoid the uncomfortable, but instead I turned to him, smiled and said, “Wouldn’t that be great?” That’s all he wanted. Sometimes your ears are just enough.

Three: Go above and beyond
I’ve mentioned before that we don’t really do gifts and flowers and fancy stuff. Sometimes I think it would be wonderful, but most of the time I’m happy with our simple ways. A few days after Christmas last year Hubby and Lacey disappeared to run some errands. I savoured the time alone, and the quiet in the house, not expecting anything of it. The surprise was that Hubby came home with earrings for me, because I didn’t really get anything for Christmas and he didn’t like to see me miss out. I was gobsmacked. It never, ever happens – so when it did I sure did appreciate it. They haven’t left my ears since.

It doesn’t have to be earrings. I can be a simple coffee for your workmate when you return from lunch, getting down and playing that painful Princess game with your daughter that really makes no sense, or making your lover’s favourite dinner. The little things really are the big things.

Four: Smile
I mentioned a while back {when I first moved up here to the country} that I’d been smiling at people, and getting nothing in return. In fact people looked at me a little fearful. Somehow we’ve since moved past that, and people are smiling, we’re starting conversations, we’re making each others day. A smile is the best way to get rid of a bad mood, don’t you think?

Five: Give someone chocolate
If someone gives me a small chocolate or even a box, we’re best friends forever. The end.

Have you ever had someone make your day? What happened?