1. Leave a treat for your mail carrier – If your mail runs about the same time each day, you can leave a chilled bottled water and/or a sealed, individually-wrapped snack. Attach a post-it saying you appreciate their hard work. When I was growing up we had a particularly grumpy mail lady who wouldn’t even acknowledge us if we waved! I left her an ice-cold, canned Coke and a Little Debbie one afternoon with a note The following day she left us a note saying how much our thoughtfulness meant. She waved back after that.
2. Write a positive letter to customer service – We’re so quick to write to a company’s corporate headquarters and demand compensation when we feel wronged but how about when a business does something right? I did this with our local Burger King. Their drive-through window is so fast and efficient that I’ve literally waited longer at red lights. They are doing something right and deserve to be recognized.
3. Send a care package to a deployed soldier – Don’t know any personally? Soldiers’ Angels is a great way to find one. If you can’t commit to adopting a soldier, try signing up for the letter writing team and let a deployed hero know you appreciate his or her sacrifice.