Here at State College, when every student is running to catch the blue loop, quickly eating meals to make time to study or cramming at 2 a.m. in the library for their 9 a.m. test, making time for other people can become difficult. However, while we’re all living in this fast-paced world, there are a few simple and easy ways to make people smile!
1. Hold The Door Open
Have you ever been jamming out to tunes while leaving the library and you just assume the guy in front of you will keep the door open? Suddenly you see him just walk on by and the door caves in on you like a wall of bricks? That’s happened to almost every student here, but VALLEY wants to put an end to that. If you hold the door open for the person behind you, it instantly creates a chain reaction for the person behind you and so on!
“I always hold the door when I leave a building or if I’m running out of the commons because I’d want someone to hold it for me, and I was raised to be polite so I just do it by habit,” says Nikki Buono, a freshman in DUS.
2. Buy A Cup Of Coffee For A Stranger
Whether you’re in State College or back in your hometown, buying a stranger a cup of coffee does wonders. A cup of coffee brightens up a person’s day and
“I never buy coffee for strangers, but if I ever saw someone who needed an extra dollar for coffee, I’d lend it because I know how I’d feel in that situation,” says Cali Lehr, a freshman majoring in advertising and public relations.
3. Write Someone A Letter
We’re all so busy during the week, but the weekend is a perfect time to write a letter to your loved ones. Sending a cute emoji over text is always the easier option, but getting an actual handwritten letter in the mail is the best feeling.
4. Ask A Friend To Get Lunch
This piece of advice is something many of us already do, but it really is such a great way to make someone feel great! Who likes to sit alone when they eat? So, before you go grab a salad in Findlay, ask a new sorority sister, your neighbors or maybe even that cute boy sitting in front of you in class to grab a bite.
If there’s one thing that you can take away from this, remember that a smile can turn someone’s day around. I know it sounds so cheesy, but it’s the truth and it’s so simple! Walking down the street to class? Smile. Sitting in the commons and someone walks by? Smile. Grabbing fro-yo at the market? Smile at the cash register when you hand over your ID.
It’s all about the little things in life, and what’s really great about these small things is that they usually create a chain reaction. Whether you hold that door open a few seconds longer, compliment your friend on her fabulous outfit to class, or take a few minutes out of your day to talk to your parents, they will all be left smiling. In return from this nice action, they will most likely return that favor to another!