“I used to find myself sitting on the sidelines of life and hoping the world would somehow become better. But just wishing doesn’t help. Now I realize I must actively be the change I want to see in the world.” …i love these words from David Wagner from his book Life as a Daymaker. as a stylist, i work with people all day every day, and i know firsthand how easy it can be to make someone’s day. but sometimes we get a little caught up – a little too busy, and we can forget that change starts with us. making ourselves feel better is very much correlated with making other people feel good too! so go ahead, make someone’s day today! xo
TOP 50 WAYS TO BE A DAYMAKER
How to make your mate’s day
- Write a love letter and send it in the mail. Cost 37 cents. For a twist give it to someone traveling and have them send it from out of town.
- Send their parents flowers on your mate’s birthday
- Rent a bicycle built for two for the weekend
- Offer to take over something they usually do (like cook dinner) when you know they are just too tired
- Break out the best china this week, especially with kids. It will create a special night for everyone
- Ladies- send him flowers at work today. How rare is it for a guy to get flowers? Very rare! They love it!
How to make your child’s day
- Turn off your cell phone when you get home
- Have flowers delivered on their birthday
- Create an herb garden together
- Frame their artwork and hang it in your home and office
- Write them a letter on their birthday. Put it in a safe place and give to them when they turn eighteen
- Create a ritual of watching sunsets with your child
- Don’t bring worries home from the office. Create a worry hook outside your door to hang them at night
- Take your daughter for her first make-up lesson
How to make your grandchild’s day
- Send your grandchild a letter in the mail even if you live nearby.
- Telephone your grandchild regularly, and let them know you are calling especially to talk to them.
- If you live far away videotape yourself reading them a bedtime story.
- Keep a wall chart at your house to document how much they’ve grown.
- Make them a scrapbook of their parent’s childhood. It will be a keepsake for them and their parents.
How to make a stranger’s day
- Put a quarter in a gumball machine and walk away.
- Let people merge in traffic today.
- Carry thank you notes with you. Write them out to waiters and waitresses. It will surprise them more than a big tip.
- Buy a roll of tickets at an amusement park and give them to seniors.
- Plug a parking meter that’s expired.
- Help a stranger take their luggage off the carousel at the airport.
- Buy a bike for your local children’s shelter.
- Send flowers to the senior’s home.
- Buy gift certificates to a car wash and leave them on the windshield of needy cars.
- Leave a flower at a bus stop.
- Buy gift certificates to an ice cream shop and give them out on a hot day.
How to be a Daymaker at work
- Offer to pick up lunch for someone you know is swamped.
- If you have an SUV offer to pick up others on a snowy day
- Pass the bouquet. Give someone special a bouquet and have them pass it on to someone else the following day. It’s a week of Daymaking with one bouquet.
- Create a Daymaker of the year award at work.
- Have everyone bring in their high school graduation picture to post on the bulletin board.
- Write a thank you note to the boss. It’s lonely at the top. Everyone needs to know they’re appreciated for their work.
- Acknowledge promotions; send a card to the employee’s home.
- Offer to drive someone home you know could use a ride.
- Pool your money together and buy someone a spa day as a thank you.
- Bring in a massage therapist to do chair massages. This is especially great for accounting firms in April.
- Post an employee’s baby picture and let everyone guess who it is.
- At a monthly meeting have everyone in the room say something nice about whoever has a birthday that month.
Make your own day first
- Tonight make your home a spa. It’s a great way to melt stress. You will need your favorite soothing music, scented candles, bath salts/oils, calming tea, and your favorite robe. Unplug the phone, put the kids to sleep and enjoy two hours of bliss.
- Buy live flowers on your way home tonight.
- Take a nap this Sunday.
- Call someone JUST to say, “I love you and I’m glad you are in my life.”
- Watch the sunset tonight.
- Turn off the ringer on your phone during dinner.
- Be an optimist today. Look on the bright side of everything that comes your way today. Repeat it tomorrow.
- Get a wonderful scalp massage and a new haircut. It’s a great sense of renewal.