Has someone ever made your day? You know what we mean. Your days are busy and full of all sorts of different events. But then there are certain days that just stand out because of the kindness of one person doing one simple act.

Maybe it was that teacher who took the time to tell you how proud she was of how hard you worked on that special project. Perhaps it was that coach who pulled you aside to tell you that he’s noticed how hard you’re working.

We’ve all had those sorts of experiences where simple acts of kindness make our day. Do you remember the last time someone made your day? Do you remember how it made you feel? Did you realize that it’s super easy to make someone else’s day?

It’s true! Your own purposeful or random acts of kindness can make others feel special. If you follow the Golden Rule, you know that you should be treating others as you’d like to be treated. If you like it when someone makes your day, then start by making someone else’s day first! You never know when your actions will pay it forward and lead others to do the same.

Making someone’s day doesn’t have to cost anything either. All it takes is a little thought. Kind words and smiles are free! Of course, if you have a little money and want to make someone’s day, there are all sorts of things you can do.

Here are some ideas for simple, easy, inexpensive ways you can make someone’s day each and every day!

  • Do the unexpected. Be thoughtful and kind just because you can. Take the focus off of yourself and put it onto others. Put yourself in their shoes and think about what you could do for them that would make their day.
  • Say “Thank You!” Just letting people know that you appreciate them — for whatever reason — can make their day.
  • Catch people doing things right. So much of the time, we only concentrate on telling people when they’re doing something wrong. Take a different approach. Notice when people do the right thing, and then let them know that you noticed.
  • Get in touch with someone who’s lonely. We all have people in our lives that could use a word of encouragement. Take the time to make a phone call, send an email or even write a handwritten letter just to let someone know you’re thinking about them.
  • Be a good listener. It’s so easy to get distracted in today’s world. We often miss opportunities to make someone’s day simply by listening to them. When someone wants to talk to you, give them your undivided attention and let them know you hear what they’re saying.
  • Share your joy. Have you been blessed by something recently? Perhaps it was a word of encouragement, an inspiring song or maybe even a funny story or picture. Pass it along and share that joy with others.

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  1. Dear wonderopolis I like today’s wonder! I liked it because it reminds everyone to make someone’s day by just a smile when your out for a walk or maybe help somebody up the staircase or even set the table for your mom. That is why I liked it. I think that tomorrow’s wonder will be about going out for a walk or go outside to play in the snow or maybe do yoga. Can’t wait for tomorrow’s wonder of the day! From your pal, Ana :)

    • WOW, Ana, we are so proud of you for sharing your thoughts about today’s kind Wonder! We think it’s so cool that you are thinking about different ways that you can make a difference, and make someone’s day! We bet it would be lovely to see your smiling face while passing by! Thanks for telling us what you think tomorrow’s Wonder will be, too! HOORAY for you! :)

  2. I think is may work I am going to try this someday. I enjoyed today’s wonder out of this whole week. Thank you Wonderopolis for taking the time and posting today’s wonder.

    • We hope you do, Wonder Friend Fiana! We think you can make someone’s day just by saying hello or smiling! We’re glad to hear you’re ending your week of WONDERing on a great note… we look forward to seeing you again! Thanks for visiting us, Fiana! :)

    • We hope you’ll think of a way to make someone’s day, Wonder Friend Brendan! We bet you would do a great job of cheering someone else up, sometimes all it takes is a smile! :)

    • WOW, we’re glad to hear that this Wonder made you smile, Scott! Thanks for sharing your thoughts about how to make someone’s day! We hope you’ll try it out yourself! :)

    • Hey there, Jesenya, it sounds like you and Carys are great at making one another’s day better! Thanks for WONDERing with us and sharing your comment! :)

    • What a thoughtful idea, Monique! We bet your cousin really appreciated the text– we think it’s great that you can stay in touch thanks to technology! Thanks for sharing your comment! :)

  3. Thank you Wonderopolis for all you do to keep children and adults wondering. I had over one hundred teachers make my day when they were enthusiastic and focused on having a good day of learning together yesterday. I will share your website with them so they too can keep the questions and wondering …as well as the kindness alive in our classrooms.

    • We are so very glad you shared your comment with us, Mrs. Law! It sounds like you are surrounded by WONDERful and inspiring teachers, how great! We hope you continue to have a great week full of enthusiastic learning, Mrs. Law.

      Thank you for sharing the Wonder with your teachers and friends– we can’t wait to welcome them with open arms! :)

  4. I love this topic it’s very cool to learn from maybe I’ll research it. It’s so much you can learn from this topic. Who ever came up with this is AWESOME. I love your website thanks so much. HELPING PEOPLE IS AWESOME. THANKS!!!!

    • HOORAY, we’re thrilled to know that this Wonder made you smile, Emma! We couldn’t agree more– helping people IS awesome! We’d love to hear about a time when someone else made your day– what did they do? Do you recall a time when you made someone else’s day? Sometimes all it takes is a smile to turn that frown upside down! :)

  5. Dear Wonderopolis,
    We loved the “How can you make someone’s day?” wonder. It reminded us of a Kid President video that we watched where he gives 20 ways you can make someone’s day awesome. Reading this wonder gave us some inspiration for posters we are planning to make. Our posters will ask the people in our school to take action and spread kindness. We will use some of the ideas in this wonder article, for sure!
    Your friends, 3/4 Cook

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Have you ever wondered…

  • How can you make someone’s day?
  • Do you need money to make someone’s day?
  • How far can a little kindness go?

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Try It Out

Ready to make someone’s day? Grab a friend or family member and try out one or more of the following activities:

  • Do you have someone specific in mind who you’d like to make feel special today? Is there a parent, relative or neighbor who could use cheering up? Make their day! Think about that person and their circumstances. What kind of actions or gestures would speak most powerfully to them? Pick out something that would make them feel special and go for it! Maybe you could use today’s technology to make someone’s day. A thoughtful email or post on Facebook can brighten anyone’s day!
  • Instead of a specific person, perhaps you’d rather spread kindness amongst all the people you encounter today…regardless of whether or not you know them. Everyone can use more kindness in their lives. Go for it! Sit down and brainstorm ideas you could use to make someone’s day. You can use some of the ideas in today’s Wonder of the Day, or you can use those ideas to inspire new ideas of your own. Once you have some ideas, put them into action.
  • When you’re finished, discuss with your parents the things that you did and the reactions you saw. Were people blessed by your actions? Did you always get the reaction you expected? Why or why not? Did making someone’s day make you feel special? Tell us about it. Post your thoughts on Facebook and share with your Wonder Friends. Perhaps your comments will make someone else’s day!

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