National Do Something Nice Day!

By Amanda Roland

This Saturday, October 5, is National Do Something Nice Day, and it is the perfect time to take your kids out for a day of being nice to others! Set aside this day to talk to your kids about how important it is to be kind and respectful to others, and show them how a simple act of kindness can make someones’ day. Here are some good deed ideas for you and your kids to go out and do on Saturday.

Volunteer!

There are so many ways that you can volunteer in your community. Whether it is through your local church, dog shelter, pet adoption agency, homeless shelter or even public school. A quick Google search will show you numerous ways that you can volunteer. Volunteering not only helps different organizations reach their goals, but it will also teach your children that it is good to be helpful without expecting something back in return. The satisfaction of knowing you and your children are making a difference will be a reward in itself.

Buy someone else’s food!

Depending on how much money your child has saved up, this might have to be on your dime, but it will be worth it! The easiest way to do this is to go through a drive-through line of your choice (my personal favorite is Starbucks) and pay for the bill of the person behind you in line. You never know how this will impact someone’s day! If you aren’t at a drive-through, a fun and anonymous way to do the same thing is to tape a baggy of quarters onto a vending machine with a note that says “Enjoy your next snack on us!” Anyone can have their day made with a free snack.

Recycle!

Many families already recycle, but if you don’t, Do Something Nice Day is a great day to start! You can order a recycling bin online from the City of Gainesville, and read up on pick up times. Or, if you live in an apartment, find out how you can recycle here! You may be wondering how this is doing something nice, but when you think about it, it’s one of the nicest things that you can do — for the Earth and everyone who lives on it. Teaching your children to be environmentally conscious is extremely important, and we must teach the next generation to be nice to the planet.