In no particular order:
- Tell a friend something about them you like or admire.
For example: Their kindness, reliability, willingness to try new things, resolve, confidence, dedication, ability to cheer you up, or that you simply enjoy their company.
- Be friendly to anyone & everyone.
Friendliness spreads—a smile can put someone in a better mood and make them more inclined to in turn be kind to others. It’s humanizing and inclusive, and at bare minimum will probably make you feel good.
- Offer help.
Hold a door open, pick up something someone dropped, broadly ask someone if you can help with anything. Even if a person declines, the act of making them the offer has positive value
- Let someone in ahead of you in traffic, or on public transit offer your seat to someone else.
- Donate anything you’re not using and don’t need. You can give items to an organization like Goodwill, a local charity, or an online free-sharing group.
- Take care of a chore around the house or office that you usually don’t, or haven’t lately.
- Genuinely ask how someone is doing and be clear that you’re paying attention to their response.
- Tell someone how they made a positive impact on your life.
- Tell a silly joke!
Go with a standard: What did the pencil say to the other pencil? — You’re looking sharp!
Or you can try something a little less clean: What did one toilet say to the other? — You look a bit flushed!
- Send photos or videos of baby mammals. Puppies and kittens tend to elicit happiness and moments of relief and reprieve from stress.