It is really easy to help others, it costs nothing, or maybe just a few minutes of your time, but it goes a long way to improving someone’s day. It will make you feel good too so everyone’s a winner!
Here are just a few things you could do. Believe me, when someone does these for me it sticks in my mind.
Offer your seat to someone
Not just because you have been asked to, or your are sitting in the seat reserved for people less able to stand. Offer your seat to the person who has been standing a while, the person who just looks tired (do not tell them that), or the couple who want to sit together.
Help someone with their bags
Especially people with lots of luggage or bag that look heavy, trying to climb the stairs at train stations. Be warned though, ask before you touch their bags. Or you might get ju jitsu-ed by some one who thinks you are trying to rob them.
Let someone go first
Through a door, at the bar, to the bathroom, in the queue at a shop. They will appreciate it.
Help someone who is lost
Stop and ask them if they are trying to get somewhere. I’m not generally great with street directions, I just about remember my right from my left, but I’ll try to help.
Where I really shine is directing someone on the London Underground and which line to take (unless it’s the circle or district line).
Compliment a stranger
With caution of course, you don’t want to be seen as a creep, and do not lie, but if for example you are in a clothes shop and someone is holding an item up to themselves, tell them the colour suits them.
Say good morning
I had gotten out of the habit of doing this since moving to London 10 years ago. When my family visited me I notice how they said good morning to whoever they made eye contact with. My neighbours, shop assistants, tube station staff, so I now make a point of saying good morning to at least 3 new people on my way to work. With a smile of course.
Try it, or tell me about nice things that you do to makes someone’s day better.
Thank you for reading and enjoy the rest of your weekend. 😊