Although we think that National Be Nice Day should be every day, one special time during the year is dedicated to this important holiday. Every year on October 5, people come together to celebrate National Be Nice Day. Be it big or small, any act of kindness is something to celebrate and recognize on this day dedicated to making the lives of others just a little bit happier. This day helps to shed a light on the importance of positivity, and serves as a great reminder that there is no place for bullying.
National Be Nice Day - History
October 20, 2000
"Pay it Forward" is released
"Pay It Forward" debuted, encouraging random acts of kindness everywhere.
International Day of Peace
The UN proposed the first-ever International Day of Peace, serving as a time where everybody on the planet can commit to working towards peace.
The first smiley face
It is believed that Harvey Ross Ball came up with the first smiley face design as a way to boost employee morale.
First peace treaty
The Treaty of Kadesh became the first peace treaty to have ever been negotiated.
National Be Nice Day Activities
1. Hug a friend
We don't think you need an excuse to give a friend a hug, but National Be Nice Day is certainly the appropriate time to show someone close to you just how much you care. So get out there and find a friend that needs a warm embrace.
2. Talk about it on social media
There's probably a good chance that you'll use some form of social media throughout the day on October 5. Why not make it a point to give National Be Nice Day a shoutout? Bringing awareness to this special day will help spread the word and increase the amount of niceness that is flowing everywhere.
3. Invite friends over for a dinner party
If you're looking for a way to be nice to your friends, offer to make them a meal. It's great to get together with close friends, and they are sure to think that the time and effort you took to prepare a dinner party is a nice gesture.
Top 5 Reasons To Smile At A Stranger
1. Being nice feels good
Research has found that being nice to others releases the feel-good hormone, serotonin.
2. It's heart-healthy
Spreading cheer releases the hormone oxytocin, which is known to help lower blood pressure.
3. Say goodbye to stress
Showing kindness to others helps to build relationships, which in turn helps with stress.
4. Hey, good lookin'
Research has found that nicer people are often perceived as more attractive.
5. Less sick days
Being nice to others helps to lower inflammation, which in turn helps to decrease your chances of contracting some diseases.
Why We Love National Be Nice Day
A. National Be Nice Day spawns random acts of kindness
Have you ever waited in line at a coffee shop just to find out that the stranger in front of you prepaid for your drink? Or maybe you've seen someone buy another person's groceries. On National Be Nice Day, make it a point to do a random act of kindness — there's a good chance that your good deed will be paid forward.
B. It's a great reminder that there is good in the world
It often feels like we're constantly being bombarded with bad/sad news on the television and internet. National Be Nice Day is a great reminder that there are tons of good things going on all over the world —even if we don't always get to see it.
C. It makes us feel good
Being nice to people feels good, plain and simple. By making somebody's day just a little bit brighter, we guarantee that you'll feel great about yourself at the end of the day. Not to mention, the person you were nice to will probably be pretty fond of you as well.