Mar 17 2014

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33 Things You Can Do Today To Make Someone Smile

Kind Thoughts, Kind Deeds, Kind Words


My mom used to say, kind thoughts, kind deeds, kind words. And if it doesn’t apply- you shouldn’t be doing it. I often hear that voice in my head when I’m being snarky or selfish and still give the obligatory eye roll even though I know I need to reevaluate what I’m doing.

In an effort to live her good advice, here are 33 things you can do to make someone smile today.


  • Compliment a coworker’s outfit
  • Let someone else have the close parking space
  • Buy your friend coffee
  • Put a note in your child’s lunchbox
  • Flirt with your spouse (a simple text that says “you’re cute” even counts)
  • Make your family’s favorite meal
  • Call your mom. Or your dad. Or someone who loves you and thinks you don’t call enough
  • Ask how someone is doing- and LISTEN to the answer
  • Bring flowers to your friend, sister, wife (are you reading today honey!?)
  • Tell someone you’re proud of them (and why)
  • Do a cruddy chore so someone else doesn’t have to
  • Bring in treats to the share at the office
  • Text your teen something that won’t embarrass them
  • Surprise your spouse for a lunch date
  • Bring home a special treat for the family that you don’t often have
  • Tell your barista how much you love the drink they made you
  • Let somebody go in front of you at the grocery store
  • Let your child tell you a story and don’t interrupt (I know it’s long and might not make sense)
  • Bake treats for your neighbors- just because
  • Invite a friend over for dinner
  • Praise a coworker on a job well done
  • Hold the door open for someone
  • Leave a love note in your loved one’s briefcase/purse
  • Offer to help
  • Smile at a stranger
  • Give someone a hug
  • Buy an unexpected gift for someone
  • Offer to watch a friend’s children
  • Give a well-deserved waiter a great tip
  • Rake your neighbor’s yard while you do your own
  • Take in your neighbors trash cans
  • Send an old friend an email just so they know you’re thinking of them
  • Say yes to your child when you really want to say no(Pin me and spread the smiles!!)
    33 Things You Can Do Today To Make Someone Smile

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  1. michelle gold

    We say a verse with our kidergartens each day that says

    Kind hearts are the gardens,
    Kind thoughts are the roots
    Kind words are the blossoms
    Kind deeds are the fruits!

    I love this post, if everyone just took 5 min. each day to think of someone other then themselves and thier busy needs this world would be even more amazing! Heres to promoting kindness world wide! Nice Blog. Jen!

    1. Jen

      Thank you Michelle! I love that verse!

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