We all have one or more people in our life who are special to us. Although we may appreciate and care about someone, we often neglect to let them know, and regret it when it is too late. Making someone’s day special doesn’t have to be complicated.
We can also, on a small scale, show each person we meet that they are special. When you pass by someone, you have no idea what they may be going through. You can bring encouragement to someone you don’t even know with a minimal amount of effort. There are many ways to make someone’s day special.
Make a Phone Call
Now that emailing, instant messaging, and texting have become a way of life, it’s easy to go for long periods of time without hearing the voice of a friend. Pick up the phone and make a call to someone important to you. Show them you care and have set time aside to catch up with them.
Send a Letter
Another thing we have lost in modern times is the art of a nice, handwritten letter. Emails are convenient, but there is nothing like opening up a letter that is handwritten. Give it a try and see what kind of a response you get.
Wear a Genuine Smile
Walk down the street and take note of how many smiles you see. It seems that smiles are becoming few and far between. Try giving a genuine smile to everyone you make contact with, and note the reaction. Your smile is likely to bring joy to whomever it is directed at, and may in turn encourage them to pass it on.
Say Their Name
When you are speaking with someone, whether you have known them forever or just met, use their name in the conversation. There is nothing like hearing your name spoken by someone you enjoy talking to. Give someone that gift today.
Ignore Your Cell Phone
In recent years, many devices have been created that bring us convenience, but often cause us to become distracted too easily. When you are having a conversation with someone, be attentive and do not text other people or surf the internet on your mobile device. Refraining from using your electronics shows the person you are with that they are worth more than your electronics and shows that you value the relationship.
Give a Compliment
Flattery is painfully obvious, and only makes you look manipulative. On the other hand, a genuine compliment can do a lot to make a person feel special. Letting someone know what you admire about them can be an encouragement to them and help them get through a tough day.
Buy a Small Gift
Gifts do not have to be large to make someone feel special. Buying a small gift for a friend is a great way to say you care. Even a tiny box of speciality chocolates or a coffee is a nice treat and shows someone that you think they are worth it.
Share a Positive Common Memory
When you have known someone for awhile, it is enjoyable to recall happy or humorous memories you have together. Beginning a sentence with “Remember when we…” shows that you think of that person, and that you smile on the good experiences you have had together.
Giving someone the gift of feeling special is a beautiful thing. It doesn’t take a lot of time or money – just a bit of creativity and a good heart. Choose one of these ideas and make today special for someone in your life.