33 Effortless Ways to Celebrate National Courtesy Month
It’s amazing how much better the world can be when everyone is just a tad more polite.
Mail a drawing to a kid
Kids love drawing. Kids love mail. But little kids can’t read! So getting a drawing in the mail is basically the best thing to ever happen to them. Sketch something colorful and fun that you know they like and send it off. Don’t worry about being a great artist, children don’t care! This is perfect for grandparents who live far away. This is how doodling can even make you smarter, and the amazing ways coloring can boost your health.
Check in with a loved one who’s had a hard time
When a tragedy happens oftentimes people are supportive and loving at first but over time they move on with their own lives, not realizing the person is still suffering. So take a moment today to give a quick text, or better yet, a call, to a loved one who not-so-recently got divorced, moved far away, lost someone close, or lost a job.
Visit a senior
Got an elderly neighbor or relative near by? Chances are they’d love a visit or a call and you can check in and make sure they’re okay. Especially keep these folks in mind after a big event like a storm or an accident nearby.
Call your mom
When was the last time you called your mom? Yeah, we thought so. Most moms love nothing more than hearing from their children so take a few minutes and give her a ring. She did give birth to you, after all! (And then call your dad.) These sweet short stories about moms will make you want to call yours.
Help a charity while you shop
Retail giant Amazon has a nifty service that few people know about called AmazonSmile. It just takes a quick minute to pick a charity—you can choose anything from a local school to an international relief agency—and then every time you shop from Smile.Amazon.com the company will donate a portion of what you spend. It’s seamless and you don’t have to spend an extra cent.
Go rogue with sticky notes
A pad of sticky notes can go a long way in bringing a smile to someone’s face. Try leaving a positive note, like on a bathroom mirror saying “You are beautiful!”; a friendly note, say, on a friend’s car windshield to tell them they’re awesome; or even a silly note, like on a grocery shelf, saying “The peas are spies, you can’t trust them! Signed, carrots.”
Give someone a bright, genuine, eyes-light-up smile. It’s simple. It’s free. It never fails to make someone feel good. Here’s how your smile can transform your health.
Share a happy memory
“Remember that time in high school we went skinny dipping, only to find the river was just two feet deep?” The only thing more fun than doing something funny, crazy, or adventurous with a friend is getting to relive the story for years afterward. So take a moment and share a favorite memory you have of them with that friend or family member. Remembering nostalgic thoughts can make you really, really happy.
Thank a member of our armed forces
Operation Gratitude helps people send letters and packages to soldiers overseas. It just takes a few minutes to thank them for the sacrifice they are making and it will help them know they are loved and remembered.
Give someone the benefit of the doubt
People can be jerks, it’s true. But many times what appears to be a jerk behavior may have a more innocent meaning. So the next time someone says something hurtful, or bumps into you, or makes a mistake, instead of assuming they mean to hurt you, give them the benefit of the doubt. Once they see that you’re in their corner, it may even inspire them to live up to your perception of them.