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5 Nice Things to do That Take Less Than 1 Minute

Updated on October 26, 2017

The World is in a Mess

With the world being in the state that it is and it not looking like it is going to get better any time soon, it is more important than ever to do something nice for someone else. Being kind to each other, no matter how small the act, is what keeps humanity alive in a time where it seems to be dying a death.

Acts of kindness help people realize that sometimes, just sometimes, the world can be a half decent place.

But we all lead busy lives, and don't always have the time to volunteer to make the world a better place, so I have come up with a list of 5 nice things you can do for other people that should take you less than one minute each.

Text a Friend

If you know someone who might be going through kind of a rough time at the moment, check on them to see if they are okay. It doesn't have to be a deep and meaningful text, just something as simple as "You Okay?" is enough to remind people that someone does care. And if you want to get all deep and meaningful then go ahead, but if you're not the emotional type, keep it short and sweet.

If you were going through a tough time, you would want someone to check if you were okay wouldn't you? So do it for them, it will make them feel just a little bit better.

Show Appreciation for Someone

They don't have to have done anything recently to deserve appreciation, and it doesn't matter who it is for, anyone from your partner to your uncle and everyone in between deserves to feel as though they are appreciated every now and then. And it doesn't matter how you tell them, whether it is text, face to face, or on social media, just let them know that you appreciate everything they do and thank them for it.

It is also a great way to reconnect to someone you might be drifting apart a little bit from.

Feed the Birds

Nice things don't always have to be to do with humans; feeding the birds in your garden or on your street is a nice thing to do. And since we are pressed for time, it has to be with whatever you have in the cupboards.

Leftover plain cooked pasta, cheese, baked goods, cereal, and fruit are all things birds like and will be good for them.

It can be tempting to want to use moldy food for the birds, but please don't, the bacteria can be harmful and even deadly to them.

Donate Via Text or Online

So many charities have an option now where you can donate via text or online, it doesn't have to be a regular donation if you don't feel as though you can afford it. The minimum amount is normally around $/£5 and it might sound like a lot, but it's just one less bottle of wine or one less trip to a coffee shop. And think of the difference it could make to the people who really need it.

Check On a Neighbor

I know we don't live in a very "neighborly" society, but if you have older or unwell neighbors, just knock on their door and ask if they need anything. They will most likely say no, but they will really appreciate the fact that you offered and it will remind them that there are still some nice people out there.

It's Nice To Be Nice

Doing something nice doesn't have to take ages, and if you don't want to, you don't have to do it all of the time, but just do something nice for someone else every so often. I know it sounds cheesy as hell, but it will make both of you feel better and it really will make the world a bit of a better place.


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    • Claire-louise profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire Raymond 

      11 months ago from UK

      Devika Primić thank you :)

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      Devika Primić 

      11 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      You have shared with great interest and I like your suggestions.

    • Claire-louise profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire Raymond 

      15 months ago from UK

      thank you!

    • Claire-louise profile imageAUTHOR

      Claire Raymond 

      15 months ago from UK

      Thank you GlenR, it makes me so sad to see older people feeling lonely and struggling.

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      15 months ago from UK

      I endorse your sentiments and your suggestions,Claire.I was in the supermarket today, doing the weekly shop, and was saddened to see several elderly and infirm people struggling alone. I can only assume that there is nobody looking out for them. Offering a helping hand, a smile and a kind word can help to make isolated people feel that life is worthwhile.

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 

      15 months ago from Pune, India

      Very good suggestions. These will surely help the readers.


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