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Give Up Your Window Seat … and 9 Other Ways to be Nice

Give Up Your Window Seat … and 9 Other Ways to be Nice

On a recent international flight, I saw a dour young man refuse to give up his window seat for a couple who wanted to sit together. Worse than his refusal was the rude way he said No. For the entire flight, he was fast asleep, so the window view was not of much use to him, either.

This prompted me to think of the small ways in which we can make people feel sad or happy. I have made a list. Please add to it in the comments!

  • Give up your window seat for a young couple who wants to sit together.
  • If you stumble upon an old photo of you with your brother, sister or best friend, have it framed and give it to them as a gift.
  • Let a driver merge ahead of you.
  • Let someone pass ahead of you in the checkout line, especially if you can see he or she looks rushed.
  • Make an effort to give a gift, rather than a gift certificate on your friend’s birthday. Out of ideas (and money?) Why not bake her favorite cheesecake?
  • If you read a book or a poem that moves you, send it along to someone who would appreciate it.
  • If a waiter or pedicurist or plumber does a good job, let them know.
  • Open the door for a Mom pushing along a stroller.
  • Put a coin in an expired meter.
  • Bake a batch of muffins and take them to work.

It feels good to do good, and even better when you do it without expecting anything in return. What good deed did you do today?

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Shubhra Krishan

Writer, editor and journalist Shubhra Krishan is the author of Essential Ayurveda: What it is and what it can do for you (New World Library, 2003), Radiant Body, Restful Mind: A Woman's book of comfort (New World Library, 2004), and The 9 to 5 Yogi: How to feel like a sage while working like a dog (Hay House India, 2011).


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11:45AM PST on Jan 17, 2014

love this... always be kind. A small kindness can changer someone's day... make the world a pleasant place to live in

7:38PM PST on Dec 20, 2013


5:34AM PST on Dec 15, 2013

I do agree a smile goes along way!

5:34AM PST on Dec 15, 2013


2:52AM PST on Dec 14, 2013

Thank you :)

8:19AM PST on Dec 13, 2013

Thank you Shubhra, for Sharing this!

8:38PM PST on Dec 10, 2013

Thanks for sharing this

3:17AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

I do almost all of them. But window...VENTANA ONLY!!!

2:38AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

This is the first thing I read when I woke up and it has put me in a good mood. This is a list containing great things that can mean a lot to someone. I read once about someone who took mini post it notes and a pen out with them everyday a wrote a small, positive message out to leave somewhere in public for a stranger to read. I really like this idea because it is not going to mean something to everyone who finds it. but to at least one of them it might brighten up their day. To get a compliment from a stranger is nice as you are not expecting it. Reading through the comments it is heart-warming to read the kindness. My day has just begun, who knows what opportunities are going to be a head of me. Thank you for this article. :)

12:40AM PST on Dec 8, 2013

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