October 5 is National Do Something Nice Day. Yes, we should try to do nice things daily. However, on this Monday it’s especially important to go out of our way to do something nice. And, seeing as you spend at least forty hours each week with co-workers, we recommend doing something extra special for them. Not sure what to do? Don’t worry because in honor of YOU we’re sharing a few ideas for how you can do something nice for those you work with.
Many offices bring cake for birthdays, cookies for the holidays or cater a delicious lunch to celebrate a special work related anniversary. Wouldn’t it be nice to show up to the office today with a special treat to share with the entire office?
2) Make Someone’s Day
Isn’t it nice when someone pays you a compliment? Think of at least one compliment to pay each co-worker you come in contact with today. Tell someone you really appreciated their help on an especially difficult project, let someone know you value their opinion, compliment a new haircut, praise a co-worker’s dedication. The key, be thoughtful and sincere when paying compliments.
3) Offer a Hand
Helping someone out is always a nice thing to do. Offer a ride, share insight, take on a little extra work to alleviate a colleagues to-do list or simply take time to listen. Don’t take on more than you can handle, even a little help goes a long way!
It’s easy to share a smile with the people you come into contact with. And, smiles are contagious! Make a conscious effort to smile throughout the day. Your good mood will certainly improve the mood of others. Who doesn’t like being smiled at? Check out additional tips for maintaining a positive attitude at work here.
5) Share a Secret
We are not suggesting you gossip. Quite the opposite actually! Everyone has a favorite app, a secret strategy, you get the idea. Don’t keep your juicy secrets for being the best you at work. Tell your co-workers how you’re able to remain stress free, even during the busy season. Maybe your colleagues will share some of their best-kept-secrets with you.
6) Make Someone Laugh
“Laughter is the best medicine” so why not make someone laugh today!? That would be really nice of you.
7) Add a Friendly Salutation To Emails
How many emails do you send a day? Think of all the people you can do something nice for simply by freshening up your email salutation. Some recommendations:
- “Hope you have a great day!”
- “Wishing you a very happy National Do Something Nice Day”
- “I have a great day. I appreciate you!”
We would love to hear what nice thing’s you’ve done or are planning on doing today. Tell us in the comments below. And, HAVE AN AMAZING DAY!
Looking for more ways to achieve a successful work-life balance? Check out these tips.
Originally published Oct 05, 2015, updated Aug 10, 2020