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National Be Nice Day – October 5, 2024

Every year on October 5, people come together to celebrate National Be Nice Day. It’s a no-brainer that we should be nice each and every day, but unfortunately, in this complicated world,  that’s a tough goal to achieve on a daily basis.

Luckily, there’s one special day where we can fully concentrate on kindness towards others, something which ricochets back to us as a personal benefit. Be it big or small, any act of kindness is something to celebrate. National Be Nice Day encourages us to make someone else’s life just a little bit happier. Commit to walking in the light of positivity all day long.

National Be Nice Day timeline

​1258 BCE
First peace treaty​

The Treaty of Kadesh became the first peace treaty to have ever been negotiated. ​

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. ​

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. ​

​October 20, 2000
"Pay it Forward" is released​

"Pay It Forward" debuted, encouraging random acts of kindness everywhere. ​

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. Spread the word

    There's probably a good chance that you'll use some form of social media throughout the day on October 5. Why not give National Be Nice Day a shoutout? Bringing awareness to this special day will help raise consciousness about staying positive and the day opens up the "kindness taps" so that good feeling flows out into the world.

  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 will certainly appreciate your time and effort just to make them happy!

​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 lower your 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

  1. It encourages 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.

  2. It's a great reminder that there is good in the world

    It often feels like we're constantly 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 them.

  3. 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 at the end of the day, you'll feel great about yourself!

National Be Nice Day dates

2024October 5Saturday
2025October 5Sunday
2026October 5Monday
2027October 5Tuesday
2028October 5Thursday

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