Do something nice today!

Oct. 5 is National Do Something Nice Day. How will you take part?

Today serves as a reminder to stop for a moment and appreciate the people around you. Whether that’s family, friends, colleagues or the random person you pass on the street, show them we’re all in this together with a kind gesture. We promise, you will make them feel good and you will feel good, too.

Here are some ideas:

Pay it forward in line at the coffee shop

Give someone a compliment

Hold the door open for a stranger

Leave a kind note on your colleague’s desk

Send flowers to a loved one

Cook dinner for your neighbor

Volunteer at your local animal shelter

Did you know studies show that being nice to others is actually good for your health! Being nice can boost your mood, lower your stress level, increase your productivity — and it just gives you the warm-and-fuzzies!

“When we help others and do kind acts, it causes our brain to release endorphins, the chemicals that give us feelings of fervor and high spirits — similar to a ‘runner’s high,’” said clinical psychologist Lara Honos-Webb, Ph.D., said in Psychology Today.

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