Pay it Forward: Operation NICE

2009 June 22
by Grace Boyle

I like to think that I’m thoughtful. I like to think that I say how much I love my friends and family regularly, and really try to take nothing for granted.

We all get busy from time to time but I’ve always found that it’s the little things in life that really count.

A good friend passed along Operation NICE to me, a beautiful blog focused on “encouraging individuals to be proactively nice.” I immediately fell in love with the blog and it’s premise. fireshot-capture-160-operation-nice-www_operationnice_com1

One of Melissa’s recent “Nice Assignments” was 20Things. It’s simple, download the 20Things list, highlight 20 things “I Like About You,” and send it off to the lucky recipient(s). I printed about 20 off and sent it to my friends and family across the country. It took me probably 30 minutes in total and I secretly sent them via snail mail (element of surprise, people)!

Slowly but surely I started to get texts, phone calls and emails: “You made my day.” “I was so touched.” “It’s been so long since I’ve heard such good things about myself.” “What a sweet little list!”

It was easy, but touching. It was the least I could do! So I urge you, download 20Things send it off to those you care about and let them know all the things you like love about them. Don’t forget to keep checking out Operation NICE and remember to pay it forward.

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  • http://iquitforlijit.typepad.com/i_quit_for_lijit/ tarable

    I'm sure mine got lost in the mail. :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @Tarable Since you're lucky enough to see me everyday I only sent letters out to my friends far away, that unfortunately, I don't see enough. Silly Tarable. Thanks for passing along the blog, that was your good deed of the week 😉

  • http://iquitforlijit.typepad.com/i_quit_for_lijit/ tarable

    Besides, it's probably difficult to limit the number of things you love about me to JUST twenty.

  • http://ryanstephensmarketing.com/blog/ ryanstephens

    What a great way to remind us to “be nice,” and more importantly to pay it forward to those who have impacted our lives. Thanks for sharing this Grace!

  • lenoraboyle

    Remember when we had “encouragement feasts” around the dinner table when you were growing up? We went around the table taking turns, telling each other “One thing I love/admire about you is….” Then, “one thing I admire about myself is…” Great for family night and family get togethers as it teaches each of us to look for the good in the other. I loved receiving your snail mail on the 20 things you love about us. From your Mom.

  • lenoraboyle

    Remember when we had “encouragement feasts” around the dinner table when you were growing up? We went around the table taking turns, telling each other “One thing I love/admire about you is….” Then, “one thing I admire about myself is…” Great for family night and family get-togethers as it teaches each of us to look for the good in the other. I loved receiving your snail mail on the 20 things you love about us. From your Mom.

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @Ryan I liked it so much, I just had to share!

    @Lenora (Mom) How could I forget encouragement feasts? Even as a youngin (yes, we sometimes resisted it) it was so nice to hear from our own family what we loved about each other and to make the power of intent and appreciation clear. Thanks for sharing that, Mom. It was the least I can do to send you 20 things I love about the fam. There are millions 😉

  • http://www.lifeschocolates.com sameve

    As someone who writes a lot about appreciation, and tries to incorporate it into my life as much as possible, I think this is totally awesome! You're exactly right, it's the little things in life that really count :)

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @Sam Yeah, it's right up your alley. Check out the blog and let me know what you think. The 20 things list was so cute!

  • http://www.opheliaswebb.com opheliaswebb

    This is one of the reasons I have a #blogcrush on you Grace. You take a fantastically wonderful idea (I'm SO doing this!) and add yet another element (snail mail to bring a personal and sometimes forgotten touch to an already beautiful gesture)

    You're paying it forward with interest!

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @OpheliasWebb Thanks! I got really excited for this project and the outcome by touching those that I loved was amazing. Let me know how it goes! I even wrote a little note at the bottom to each of them :)

  • http://akhilak.com/blog Akhila

    What a sweet and nice idea! I love the idea of appreciating the people I love, especially reminding those I don't talk to too often about the fact that I still love 'em. I like this idea so much I just miiight have to steal it 😉

  • http://www.smallhandsbigideas.blogspot.com Grace Boyle

    @Akhila Do it! That is definitely why I posted it. It's not stealing, it's sharing :)

  • Ali

    its all about the little things in life that end up going a long way. thanks for making me smile.

  • Ali

    its all about the little things in life that end up going a long way. thanks for making me smile.

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