Lets use my exciting collaboration with NICCE as an opportunity to twist some words and chat about the simple act of niceness. But first, can we just appreciate the level of coolness (and comfort) of my new NICCE sweatshirt and hoodie? I first got introduced to NICCE by my (very cool) 12 year old daughter and not going to lie, the branding, designs and quality of their womens hoodies impressed me instantly. Now that she’s starting to fit into my clothes already, can you imagine the exctiement on her face when she saw these pieces? Yep, she’s wearing the black hoodie to school today and I’m so happy she now thinks I’m a bit cooler too (ha!).
But yeah, NICCEness. Isn’t completely mood-changing when someone on the street smiles at you? Tells you to have a good day or when a stranger unexpectedly complements on your outfit you didn’t even think was worth wearing? I remember one very stressful morning I was walking down the street and just having a really bad day (we all have those), when a lovely old man complemented on my shoes. The shoes were stripy and the old man’s smile lifted me instantly from that awful gloomy mood. What a difference can a nice waiter / waitress make too right? There are some cafes and restaurants we absolutely love and some not so much because the staff don’t feel like being nice. You can certainly train employees to smile and be friendly, but wouldn’t you agree that it needs to come from within, natrually? And wouldn’t you also agree that if you don’t feel like being nice, perhaps you’re not happy in that job you “have” to do? Perhaps you’re fed up of that same street you’re walking on every day and couldn’t care less about petting someone’s dog or sticking your tongue out to a kid in the pram? Would it make any difference to you or them? Of course it would. Just think of a moment when a stranger was nice to you for no reason. How it made you feel afterwards. The fact that you still remember it proves we all love a bit of unexpected niceness from time to time. Shall we spread some love to strangers this week? How about if we all do the following:
♥ Complement at least 1 person you don’t know on their outfit / hair. Anywhere – on the train, queue, lift…
♥ Smile to shop assistants and tell them to have a good day. Sometimes they need a little boost.
♥ Buy someone flowers. Mum, grandmother, sister, teacher, boss – just do it for no reason.
What was the most memorable act of kindness you experienced from a stranger? Will you join me on spreading niceness this week?
Huge thanks to NICCE for sponsoring and inspiring this post.