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Tell us about the nicest thing you’ve ever done.

How does one rate niceness on a scale from one to ten? What one person thinks is nice gesture could be something that is part of the everyday for someone else. I have done nice things for others as everyone has done, and as I think about it, I am not sure what the point is to specify which nice thing was the nicest.

I know that I like doing nice things for others, not only because I like making others happy, but it makes me feel good, not about myself necessarily, but good and happy in general. I suppose that nice acts release those happy chemicals in the brain and so not only does the recipient benefit from niceness but the giver does as well.

Whenever I bake for my friends and family, that would rate as a nice thing, or doing someone a favor without requiring a favor in return, or spontaneously surprising someone with help, all these acts are nice and I have done them at one point or another.

Being nice is nice in and of itself which is why I don’t understand why it doesn’t happen much more often between human beings. The simple act of telling someone who has helped you or interacted with you in some way “have a great day” is the easiest thing to do in the world and it doesn’t cost you anything, but it must not happen that often because I have noticed that when I say it to people, I often see the surprise in their eyes after the words register with them.

Perhaps it is because our lives have gotten faster and busier that asking someone how their day is going has become such a rarity that when I do it, many people perk up and smile and I can tell that I have touched them in a nice way and that makes me happy, I love taking the time to wish people great days, it is important and so very easy. It shows people that you see them.

I think that everyone wants to be seen and heard, not overlooked all of the time in the hustle and bustle of the daily grind. We need to remember that we are all here on the planet together, so why not stop and say hi how are you and then good bye and have a great day. It’s a nice thing.