20 Easy Ways To Make Someone's Day

20 Easy Ways To Make Someone's Day

The simplest thing could change a person's entire day, and what better feeling is that?


Going out of your way to make another happy is much simpler than you thought. College kids are busy. That's a fact. We often do everything we can to avoid going out of our way. But what's the fun in that? Whatever happened to caring about those around you? Those who walk the same campus as you? Your friends? Your family?

It doesn't take much, and it's truly a win-win type of deal. Not only did you put a smile on someone else's face, but you put a smile on your own face.

It's far too easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle. That's why we need to take a few minutes out of each day to slow down and pay attention to what's around us. To then stop and think that maybe someone's day might need a little bit more cheering up than yours. Maybe the girl next to you in class really could use for someone to ask how their day is going? What about that friend you haven't talked to in a while?

Maybe they could benefit more than you think from letting them know you're thinking about them? There's so much more going on around us if we just stop and take in a minute to put someone else's feelings in front of our own.

1. Pay for the person behind you

Maybe it's offering to pick up the order behind you at the drive-thru. Maybe it's even just leaving a few dollars towards their coffee or meal or even gas at the pump! The best part of this one, it can often have a chain reaction type of response: where the next person pays it forward, and so on.

2. Leave some money down on someone else's parking ticket

What if that was all they had to pay the meter? What if there are extenuating circumstances that has kept them from returning on time? Or maybe you just relate to how seeing a parking ticket under your wiper blade can really ruin your day. Leave a few dollars behind to help them pay it.

3. Talk to the person next to you in class

Often times the same people sit around us in classes, and we never even bother to engage with them. Saying hi to someone next to you could just make their whole day.

4. Purchase a meal for someone in need

Maybe that same homeless person you see every day is doing whatever they can to find a job and support themselves. A free, hot meal might be the best thing to come their way in a long while.

5. Compliment a total stranger

Let that girl on the bus know you love their shoes. The barista that their balayage is on point. Take a few seconds to compliment someone who probably wonders if anyone even notices them.

6. Let a friend know you're thinking about them

This one can make all the difference. You think about them constantly, so why don't you reach out. Let them know you're thinking about them, that you miss them. It could be the means to reconnecting that you were missing. In some cases, it can even save that friends life to hear someone out there cares.

7. Text your parents ;)

Let your mom know you're thankful for her. Send your parents a simple 'I love you'. This stuff really melts their hearts.

8. Send flowers on a whim

Let your significant other know you're thinking of them. Maybe not even flowers, but just leaving them something a little extra special to remind them how much you care.

9. Write someone a thank you note

It could be to that co-worker who really had your back that one time in picking up your shift, or to your TA whose review helped you ace your exam, or maybe it's the same bus driver who picks you up right on time every morning. To actually write down your thanks shows to them you took that extra time to make sure they knew how thankful you truly are.

10. Leave your mail/garbage/whoever man a snack or treat for on their route

Leave a snack bar behind a thank you note, so they know their normal day to day routine is making a difference. They can see their work and dedication is being noticed.

11. Hold the door open for the person behind you

This could be a given, but I still think some could use a reminder....

12. Make sure to say thank you

Don't just think it, say it. It's so simple, yet those two words can hold a lot of meaning. It never hurts to show someone your appreciation.

13. Smile at a stranger

This small act of kindness can in return put a smile on that stranger's face.

14. Ask someone how there day is going

It's nice to feel like someone cares. Offer up a listening ear to the stranger on the bus. Or ask the worker behind the register how work has been today. Show them that you care.

15. Let someone out in front of you in traffic

Now this can REALLY make someone's day. You know you're always complaining when no one stops to let you out in traffic, so why not consider that they next to you have the opportunity to let someone pull out.

16. Offer someone your seat on the bus

The CATA might always be jam packed, but that typically means there is someone who could probably use that seat a lot more than you.

17. Make a donation

Whether it's rounding up your change at the store when asked or dropping a $1 in a donation bucket while walking down the street, take sometime out of your day to listen and support a good cause.

18. Put change in an expired meter

This could be a game changer for someone and could save them from getting a pesky parking ticket.

19. Leave someone a decent tip

If their service stood out to you, reflect that in your gratuity! Help make up for those who probably didn't leave a tip at all.

20. Leave a nice comment on someone's social media post

We all know we love when we get comments on our own pictures, so why not leave one behind on someone else's?

See! It doesn't have to be much at all. It's amazing how simple it really can be to make someone's day when you stop and take a breather. When you give yourself a second to realize what's all around you, and you have to stop and realize what is really important? Do something good for yourself by paying it forward. Our world could use more of strangers being nice to strangers for the reason of 'just because'.

When going out of your way to make someone else's day, you're reconnecting yourself with the world around you. Social media can be a brilliant thing, but it can easily disconnect you from the real world. When you're only ever 'connected' over the internet, you are missing what's going on right in front of you in day to day life. When you pick your eyes up from the phone, you might actually see someone in need. It starts with you.

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6 Things I Didn't Really Need in My Freshman Dorm, And 6 Things I Wish I Brought Instead

I promise you, being Pinterest-worthy just doesn't make sense in a dorm.

As I packed up my dorm room and unpacked it all once I got home, I kinda felt stupid. I moved in with 2 cars full of stuff (yes, I know how extra that sounds and yes, it was indeed that extra) and I didn't end up needing half of it. Now, I'm swimming in stuff I need to get rid of while holding on to the stuff I didn't realize I would need and ended up buying mid-year. No matter how much you think you know everything, first-time dorm residents, please listen.

6 things I DIDN'T need but swore I did

1. All my personal books

I mean, I'm an English major and I love to read, but no one, and I mean no one, A) has free time and B) uses that free time to read in college.

2. Keurig

There's a coffee shop I can use my cafe credits at on my way to class. I never woke up early enough to brew my own coffee, and I never craved it bad enough in the afternoon to feel like I needed to make my own immediately. It was nice to make tea with though.

3. Dishes and Silverware/Excessive Mugs

All you need is 1 mug and a couple of water bottles. I promise you paper plates and plastic silverware are all you need.

4. An overabundance of office supplies

I didn't use all those fancy office supplies in high school, so as much as I love them, I have yet to reach for them in college.

5. T.V.

The T.V. I had was only slightly bigger than my laptop screen and the wifi at my dorm wasn't good enough for streaming. I hardly used it, but I know others used theirs a lot. Just a personal preference!

6. Tons of wall art

I totally believe wall art has the power to make a dorm room feel less institutional, but I wish I had brought more pictures from home to make my room personal. Pinterest dorm rooms just aren't real, and they aren't what you want when you're homesick.

6 things I wish I had bought before school started

1. ID Lanyard

I personally love these ones from Vera Bradley , but honestly, any way you can carry your ID, money, and keys all in one is a life changer.

2. Earplugs/Eye Mask

Dorms are loud even during quiet hours and sometimes your roommate stays up later or gets up earlier than you do. Amazon couldn't ship these to me fast enough.

3. Wireless Headphones/Earbuds

Personally, I'm an earbuds girl, but either one does the trick. It's nice to not have to deal with cords and to be able to connect to any of your devices without an adapter.

4. Laptop Shell/Stickers

Almost everyone ends up ordering stickers to put on their laptop to express themselves to those around them. On a practical level though, you're probably going to have the same laptop as 5+ other students in your lecture and you will probably throw your laptop in a bag and run at some point. A shell and some stickers will provide more protection than you realize. Check out http://www.redbubble.com for some great options.

5. Small vacuum

This is especially important if you get a rug. Sweeping is not pleasant, and the vacuums at your dorm are probably older than you are.

6. Pictures from home

Like I said before, wall art isn't going to comfort you when you want to go home. A picture of your dog or best friend sure will though.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Gherna

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I'm Not The Person I Was In High School And I'm Not Sorry I Changed

I'm sorry, the old me can't come to the phone right now.


If those who knew me in high school hung out with me now, they probably wouldn't recognize me. If my friends from college hung out with me around two years ago, they probably wouldn't recognize me. It's safe to say I've changed... a lot. I definitely find the change to be for the better and I couldn't be happier with the person I've become

In high school, I would sit at home every night anxiously waiting to leave and go out. Now, honestly, going out is the last thing I want to do any night of the week. While everyone in college is at a fraternity party or at the bars, I prefer to sit at home on the couch, watching Netflix with my boyfriend. That's an ideal night for me and it is exactly the opposite of what I wanted to do a couple of years ago. There's nothing wrong with going out and partying, it's just not what I want to do anymore.

I craved attention in high school. I went to the parties and outings so I could be in Snapchats and photos, just so people would know I was there. I hung out with certain groups of people just so I could say I was "friends" with so-and-so who was so very popular. I wanted to be known and I wanted to be cool.

Now, I couldn't care less. I go to the bars or the parties if I really feel like it or if my friends make me feel bad enough for never going anywhere that I finally decide to show up. It's just not my scene anymore and I no longer worry about missing out.

If you could look back at me during my junior year of high school, you probably would've found me searching for the best-ranked party schools and colleges with the best nearby clubs or bars. Now, you can find me eating snacks on the couch on a Friday night watching the parties through other peoples' Snapchats.

Some may say that I'm boring now, and while I agree that my life is a little less adventurous now than it was in high school, I don't regret the lifestyle changes I've made. I feel happier, I feel like a better person, I feel much more complete. I'm not sorry that I've changed since high school and I'm not sorry that I'm not living the typical "college lifestyle." I don't see anything wrong with that life, it's just not what makes me happy and it's not what I want to do anymore.

I've become a different person since high school and I couldn't be happier about it. I have a lot that's contributed to the change, but my boyfriend definitely was the main factor as he showed me that staying in can be a million times better than a night out. My interests and my social cravings have completely transitioned into that of an 80-year-old grandma, but I don't regret it.

Change doesn't have to be a bad thing. In fact, it can bring a lot more happiness and comfort. The transition from high school to college is drastic, but you can also use it as an opportunity to transition from one lifestyle to another. I don't regret the lifestyle flip I made and I couldn't be less apologetic about it.

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