At Snagajob, we absolutely love stories about strangers reaching out and doing something nice for each other for no reason other than to make someone’s day. In fact, we recently went out with Seth Collins of Aaron’s Last Wish and surprised a restaurant server with a $1,000 tip. You don’t need that type of money to make an impact on someone’s day. We came up with five easy ways for you to celebrate this holiday (and make someone really happy).
1) Be on the lookout for expired parking meters - This is a personal favorite of mine. If you’re walking down a street with paid meters, check and see if any have expired or are close to expiring. If you see some, grab some of that spare change in the bottom of your pocket and help them avoid a ticket. Someone did this for me once and I cannot tell you just how much it meant to me, especially since I was in a job interview!
2) Buy the person’s coffee/food behind you - This is an amazing trend we’ve been reading about, and it’s so easy! If you’re making your early-morning coffee run, tell the cashier that you want to buy the person behind you a coffee. Or, if you’re in a drive-thru tell the person over the speaker that you want to get the person’s lunch that comes next. Who knows, this could set off a chain reaction!
3) Be the toll fairy - Let’s face it, no one really likes going through tolls when they’re driving. How great would it feel if the person at the window told you that your toll had been paid for? Grab a few extra dollars before you leave today and tell the worker you wish to pay for as many cars as you can with your extra cash. You’ll probably make the worker’s day too!
4) Get to givin’ - Make a quick run to the grocery store and buy leftover Valentine’s Day candy that is now on massive sale. Then, drop them off as donations at shelters, fire houses, police stations, hospitals or any organization that you wish to show how much you support them. Not only will they appreciate the candy, they will also love to know that someone is thinking about them!
5) Send mail the old fashioned way - Most of us communicate today through email, but who doesn’t love to get an actual card in the mail? So, think of a few people you want to thank for always being there, dust off your pen and start writing. Think of old mentors, colleagues and friends who you haven’t communicated with in awhile and how you wish you were still in touch. Send them a short message to let them know how much they mean to you. It’s always a good idea to stay in touch with people who would make great references!
Do you have any random acts of kindness you can add to this list? We’d love to hear it below!