I’m sorry to be the one to have to tell you this, but on Sunday 1st June you need to take one for the team and… *choke*… give someone a compliment!

Sunday 1st June is Say Something Nice Day, created by the Mayors of North Charleston and Charleston and members of the Charleston-Atlantic Presbytery and the South Carolina Baptist Convention, who were a bit fed up of us being A-holes to each other all of the time. So this is an opportunity to really go for it and show the world how totally lovely a person you can be, whether that’s in the form of a flattering remark, positive feedback, or maybe even an overdue apology. You could even go the whole hog and stop writing hate mail to your ex, at least for the one day. Having said that, there’s no mail on Sunday anyway, so you’ve already done something nice without even trying.

Now, before anyone starts saying “we should be nice to people every day”, let me ask you this: Are you? I reckon you’ll be nice to some people all of the time because you see them only sometimes, and nice to others only sometimes because you see them all of the time. We all do it and it’s nothing to be ashamed of – it’s very difficult to be nice to everyone every second of every day, not to mention potentially two-faced when you take into account your relationship with and opinions toward each person.

So in the same way that Christmas is a time to really appreciate family and friends when it’s freezing outside, Say Something Nice Day is a time to do it when it’s kind of warm. You can be as selective or as wide-ranging as you want; whether you’re super lovely to your postman or buy everyone in the street a subscription to Reader’s Digest is entirely up to you, what matters is that you make an effort.

If, like me, you’re a bitter and twisted old grumbleweed that takes far more joy in sowing seeds of doubt and misery, I’m afraid you’re going to have to just ride this one out. To help make it as smooth and painless as possible, here are some nice things you can say to people:

  • You look good today. Far better than usual at least.
  • Are you wearing perfume or do you smell naturally luscious?
  • Can I buy you a coffee? You look terrible.
  • Here, have a mint. Please, have a mint.
  • Hey. Nice face.

Have a great Sunday. And if nobody says something nice in return, take it as permission to be ultra-horrible for the rest of the year.



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