Traditionally, many people strive to spread as much joy as they can in the weeks leading up to Christmas. But with as much “unjoy” around us in the world of late, why wait until then?
Surprising your friends and family with even the simplest gifts or kind gestures “just because” will usually brighten their day considerably. No matter how bad or good it has been.
Autumn is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful times of the year, and it’s perfect for spreading unexpected joy. While some of you may want to hold on to the feeling of summer for a little longer, the cooler temperatures and the changing leaves can provide the perfect backdrop for a fantastic surprise that your friends and family will love.
That said, let’s dive into a few ways to spread joy to all those you care about this fall.
1. Spur of the Moment Joy
If someone special to you is having a bad day or has a case of the afternoon blues, whether at work or home, it’s the perfect opportunity to try to cheer them up. Even if just a little bit.
Using a same day flower delivery to send a bright bouquet to their doorstep can seriously brighten their day. No matter where they are, a colorful arrangement of beautiful flowers delivered unexpectedly is a tried and true tip that you can rarely go wrong with.
2. An Off-Holiday Dinner Party
In the fall season, Halloween and Thanksgiving are traditionally times for parties and get-togethers with friends and family. However, thinking outside of the box and unexpectedly inviting everyone over on a random Tuesday for a convivial dinner party with an authentic Italian dinner and great wine is a unique way to brighten almost anyone’s day.
If you want to take this evening a step further, take the time to get a dozen greeting cards and include a personalized note for each of your guests.
3. A Gift that Keeps on Giving
Receiving an unexpected delivery is almost always a pleasant surprise. Just as flower delivery is a fantastic way to spread joy, signing someone up for a gift club is a way to make them smile each and every month. If you know they love wine, a wine club will deliver their favorites regularly. Or, If they love to cook, there are tons of options to send them everything they need to make fantastic meals.
4. Surprise a Stranger
This is one that you usually see a good bit of during the Christmas holidays, which means fall is a perfect time to surprise someone you don’t even know. The next time you’re in the drive-thru of your favorite coffee or fast food stop, pay for the person behind you.
The real beauty of this tactic is that many times it will domino. Meaning that person will pay it forward and take care of the bill for the one behind them, and there’s no telling how long it will go on. That simple random act of kindness can blossom into spreading joy much further than expected.
Another way to surprise a stranger and continue your mission is to purchase gift cards for local restaurants and hand them out to any homeless people you encounter. Be sure to make them in amounts large enough to get an entire meal. They are certain to be both surprised and thankful for your thoughtful gesture.
Taking advantage of a time of year when not many focus on spreading joy is a unique way to cheer someone up and let them know that they are special to you and you’re thinking of them. Take this opportunity to create some joy this autumn.