25 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone’s Day.

We could all use a little more kindness and light in our lives, couldn’t we? In this space, you’ll often hear me talk about throwing kindness around like confetti because in a world where you can be anything, I believe you should always be kind. Whether you’re having a great day or a bad day, one of the best ways to instantly start smiling is to go out of your way to do something for someone else.

Here are 25 easy ways to brighten someone’s day:

  1. Buy coffee for the person in line behind you.

  2. Leave a thank you note.

  3. Hold the door open for someone.

  4. Surprise a significant other or friend at work with lunch.

  5. Bring a friend flowers for no reason at all.

  6. Curate a playlist for a friend. Fill it with songs that you think they’d love and also songs that remind you of them. 

  7. Compliment a stranger.

  8. Bring a sweet treat to the office to share. All I’m saying is that no one’s ever eating pie and crying.

  9. Put money in a stranger’s parking meter if it looks like the time is almost up.

  10. Let someone go in front of you in line. 

  11. Offer your seat to someone on the subway, train or bus.

  12. Bake cookies from scratch (or a box - no one has to know!) for a friend

  13. Hold the door for a person who is running for the elevator 

  14. Make soup for someone who isn’t feeling well.

  15. Volunteer to babysit, especially when you know the parent needs a date night or night off.

  16. Run an errand for a friend when they’re stressed.

  17. Offer someone your pen or pencil.

  18. Send someone a text just to let them know you were thinking about them.

  19. Leave your favorite book somewhere for someone else to find and read.

  20. Call and old friend to reconnect.

  21. Surprise someone with an unexpected gift.

  22. Leave a sticky note with “I love you” in bae’s lunch bag.

  23. Do a favor without asking for anything in return.

  24. Leave a large tip, just because.

  25. Smile at a stranger.

What are your favorite ways to brighten someone’s day? Share below or message me at @melaniesutra!