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National Do Something Nice Day

Spread joy and kindness on National Do Something Nice Day - make someone's day brighter with a little gesture of love!
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October 5
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Spread some kindness and joy on National Do Something Nice Day, October 5! This special day has been around since 1998 when it was first declared by its founder, the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. Since then, people all over the world join together to show appreciation for each other through small acts of kindness. Whether you choose to do something nice for a stranger or someone close to you, this is one holiday that will surely bring smiles to everyone!

History of National Do Something Nice Day

National Do Something Nice Day Dates

National Do Something Nice Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1998</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Do Something Nice Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation declares October 5 as National Do Something Nice Day, encouraging everyone to spread joy through small gestures.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2000</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Growing Participation</div><div class='timeline-text'>By 2000, the holiday's reputation begins to grow, and it starts to be recognized by a variety of different cultures and communities across the globe.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2005</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Media Feature</div><div class='timeline-text'>The holiday receives its first major media attention. This leads to a significant increase in participation.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2010</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Increased Corporate Involvement</div><div class='timeline-text'>Many organizations and businesses begin supporting the holiday as part of their corporate social responsibility initiatives.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>2015</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Social Media Impact</div><div class='timeline-text'>The rise of social media platforms, especially Instagram and Twitter, makes the holiday more popular, with hashtags related to the holiday trending every October 5.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Do Something Nice Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Send a thank you note</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Take a moment to write and send a thank you note to someone who has done something nice for you. A simple gesture of gratitude is sure to bring a smile to someone's face.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Volunteer</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Find a local volunteer opportunity in your area and spend the day giving back. It can be anything from helping at a soup kitchen to walking dogs at the animal shelter.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Buy someone coffee</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Bring someone else's favorite coffee or tea to work and surprise them with it. It's a small act of kindness that can brighten their day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Compliment someone</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Go out of your way to give compliments to friends, family, and strangers alike. A kind word can make all the difference in someone's day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Pay it forward</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>When the cashier tells you your total, pay for the person behind you in line as well. This random act of kindness will spread throughout the day and beyond.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Do Something Nice Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It makes us feel good</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Doing something nice for someone else is one of the best ways to make yourself feel great. Whether you're smiling and saying hello to a stranger, or helping an elderly person with their groceries, your kind gesture will make someone's day and boost your self-esteem at the same time!</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It sets a positive example</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>When you do something nice for someone else, it encourages others to follow suit. Kindness is contagious, and we all need more of it in this world. By doing something nice for another person, you can be part of a ripple effect that leads to more people showing compassion towards each other.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It strengthens relationships</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Being kind towards our loved ones helps to strengthen our relationships with them. Showing kindness will let your friends and family know how much you care about them, proving just how valuable they are to you. There's no better feeling than knowing that someone cares enough about us to go out of their way and do something nice just to show it!</p></div></div>

5 Unexpected Facts about Do Something Nice Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Do Something Nice Day leads to charity promotion</h3><p class='facts-content'>Because of the general message of Do Something Nice Day, many charities use this day to promote their causes, encouraging people to make donations or volunteer as part of their nice act.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Popularity of the holiday expanded globally with the internet</h3><p class='facts-content'>With the rise of the internet and social media, awareness of Do Something Nice Day has spread globally, leading to worldwide acts of kindness on October 5.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Acts performed on Do Something Nice Day lead to happier work environments</h3><p class='facts-content'>Studies have shown that workplaces that participate in Do Something Nice Day activities report higher levels of job satisfaction and morale among employees.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Do Something Nice Day inspires other themed days</h3><p class='facts-content'>The success and acceptance of Do Something Nice Day have inspired a number of other 'good deed' themed days, celebrating various acts of kindness and positivity throughout the year.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Increased sales on Do Something Nice Day</h3><p class='facts-content'>Many anecdotal reports suggest that shops, especially flower stores and candy enterprises, experience increased sales, as individuals purchase small gifts to give as acts of kindness on this day.</p></div></div>

National Do Something Nice Day FAQs

When is National Do Something Nice Day?

National Do Something Nice Day is celebrated on October 5th every year. In 2024 National Do Something Nice Day will occur on a Saturday.

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