The best part of the holidays is the cheer and good feelings that seem almost contagious in the air. For one reason or another though, there are those immune to the cheer. Whether they’ve fallen on hard times, live a life without much family or friends or just can’t seem to find that spark of joy, we can each play a small part in passing on the happiness.


  • Make a sign that says something as simple as “smile” and stand on any corner, say Five Points, in a random costume and dance the day away with goofiness. You’ll be sure to create smiles.
  • Surprise your partner, sibling or parent by paying for their haircut, color or treatment before they get to the salon.
  • Acknowledge someone so common to your daily routine that you almost forget the service they’re providing. For instance, write a note for your mailman.
  • Get to work before your co-workers and leave anonymous notes pointing out their unique and great attributes.
  • Give random high fives. Try to give 100 in a day.
  • Spend a few hours in conversation at a nursing home. You could meet a former badass.
  • Leave your phone in the car the next time you go to dinner at a restaurant or a friend’s house.
  • Let someone into your lane with a smile and a wave (yes, we know this is hard).
  • Leave a tip that is over and beyond what is expected.
  • Give a child the cup of spare change in your car and await the simple grins.
  • Send holiday cards. Hearing from an old friend may be exactly what someone needs.
  • Bring in donuts for your office, especially if you’re the guy that never does anything like that.
  • Go to a local coffee shop and buy the next 10 drinks ordered.
  • Stop and help that person whose car is broken down on the side of the interstate.
  • Simply be positive and optimistic. Look on the bright side even in the darkest of moments.
  • Read to a classroom of children.
  • In a world overrun by negativity and bravery only behind the keyboard, leave a positive comment on a news story or blog.
  • Offer to be the one who stays late at work for a holiday so that your co-workers can enjoy it.
  • Go to one of those Facebook events you said “maybe” to. It takes a lot to organize an event, be supportive and show up.
  • Hang out with the new person at work or school.
  • Write a great review for your favorite restaurant, bar, etc.
  • Compliment the good service of your server or bartender to their manager.
  • Let someone skip you in line at the bank, grocery store, or anywhere else you hate to wait.
  • Leave copies of your favorite book in random places for strangers to find and read.
  • Smile until your cheeks hurt, then smile some more.