With harrowing stories dominating the news these days, it’s easy for your faith in humanity to start shaking. Today is National Do Something Nice Day, which means it’s our chance to bring out the best in ourselves, in hopes that doing so will encourage others to do the same. Here are small acts of kindness that even us busy, broke college students can do to remind ourselves that there really is good in the world.
- Buy coffee for the person behind you in line
- Write a good-luck note to someone studying in the library
- Send a thoughtful text to a friend you haven’t talked to in a while
- Do the dishes, even if they aren’t yours
- Give an old sweatshirt to someone in need on the street
- Actually take a flier from someone on Sproul
- Wish your professor or GSI a happy weekend
- Bring home flowers for your roommates
- Call your parents, grandparents or other relatives
- Smile at people you pass on the street
- Offer your classmate a piece of gum
- Print out a photo with a friend and give it to them in secret
- Leave a nice comment on someone’s Facebook profile picture
- Smile and say, “Go Bears!” to a group of high school students on a tour
- Bake cookies for your neighbors
- Let someone cut you in line for the bathroom
- Write a nice postcard and leave it in a stranger’s mailbox
- Thank your boss or co-workers for good work they’ve done recently
- Buy something small from the many fundraisers on Sproul
- Tell your friends and family that you’re glad to have them in your life
Little things can go a long way — you never know how much of an impact a smile or a kind word can have on someone else. On Do Something Nice Day, try to break out of the self-focused patterns we often find ourselves wrapped up in, and do something for someone else. Peace, love, Clog.
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