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The Official, “Have A Nice Day” challenge for March 12th, 2015


Have a nice day

Have a nice day.

The scanner  told me to “Have a nice day”, after I paid for my bag of nuts with raisins.

Well, what if I don’t want to have a nice day? What if I want to be crabby? And today I was. I was crabby.

Staying up late is no excuse. Right? That’s what I tell my kids all the time. “Just because you stayed up late is no excuse to be crabby. Being crabby is a choice.”

“No Mom, it is not a choice. I had to be crabby. I couldn’t find my favorite jeans.”  (This is a made up conversation with a fake teenager because my kids would kill me if I told you what they really said.)

Well, then. Today I agree with this fake teenager. I didn’t have a choice. That knife in the sink covered with peanut butter made me crabby. Yes, it as all the knifes fault.

Would you like to have a nice day tomorrow?

So tomorrow, I am going to choose to have a nice day. I am going to have a nice day even if every knife in the knife drawer is in the kitchen sink covered with peanut butter. I will have a nice day even if the puppy takes forever to find the perfect place to poop.

It is time to stop letting a knife covered in peanut butter ruin my day.

And everyone I see or talk to I am going to say to them, “Have a nice day.”

Would you like to choose to have a nice day tomorrow with me?

Will you have a nice day even if you spill coffee on your favorite pants? Will you have a nice day even if the cashier at the grocery story puts your canned green beans on top of your bananas? Will you have a nice day even if your toilets are not installed in your new home yet ?

What if we could change the world by telling people to “Have a nice day.” What if people had to listen to us. What if people couldn’t be mean anymore because they were having a nice day.

And then there would be no more wars, because someone would tell the people with guns, “Have a nice day.” And then they would. They would stop shooting bullets, and they would all go around having nice days.

Thursday March 12th, 2015, is the official, “Have A Nice Day” challenge.

There are three parts to the challenge.

Part 1. You have to have a nice day. No being crabby. No being annoyed. Over look an insult, don’t be a fool. Don’t let anything “make” you crabby. Even if your two year old barfs on your favorite shoes. You still have to a have a nice day.

Part 2. You have to tell everyone you meet. “Have A Nice Day.”  Everyone. Even if you don’t particular like them, or want them to have a nice day. You have to be nice to everyone. Spread the nice.

Part 3. Count how many people you say, “Have a nice day” to. Then at the end of the day, lets count up all the people that were told to have a nice day.

Can you do it?

Can you have a nice day all day tomorrow? Please tell me if you are going to participate in the challenge. Don’t be crabby, have a nice day, and tell everyone you meet. “Have a nice day.”

Please click here to comment. Comment here. I would love to tell you to, “Have a nice day.”


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About Pamela Hodges

I write slice of life stories to help you know you are loved, valuable and worthy just as you are. I am a writer, an artist, and a cleaner of seven litter boxes. I live in Pennsylvania with one husband, four cats, one dog and two birds.

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  • Mary Anne

    Here in Southern California people often say ” have a good one” which irks me and my husband to no end. Have “a good one” what? It’s a lazy and by far generic way to be annoyingly pleasant. Pamela I hope you have a very pleasant day.

    • Mary Anne,
      I hope you have a pleasant day too.
      I will not say, “have a good one.” You are right. That is so silly. Do they want you to have a good pizza?

  • La McCoy

    i am not a “have a nice day person”. IT is often delivered more like a demand. and make me want to punch them. I did like Anne’s approach. Sill i love all you folks.

    • Oh Laura,
      You are so right. If they say it like a command, and not in a friendly way, I hate it too. I hate for anyone to tell me what to do, even if they are being kind.
      I hope you… us so much more friendly.

      • La McCoy

        Thank you for understanding Pamela.

  • Berdeane Bodley

    Oh Pamela, you are so wise, tomorrow is one of my dearest & longest friends husbands funeral ( he died of a massive heart attack) just like that, gone. Despite the fact tomorrow is his funeral, when I wake up I will choose to be happy as I do every morning. It is such a waste to be crabby…………I love yoy Pamela

    • Hi Mom,
      Sending you hugs and love. Please give a hug to Irene from me. I miss you.
      Pamela, your daughter with the long neck

  • Krithika Rangarajan

    OOH – I accept your challenge, Pamela! #HUGSSS

    I had already decided to NOT be crabby for a week, so your post was the confirmation I needed to embark on my quest <3


    • Hello Kitto,
      I truly hope you have a wonderful day! Hugs to you. Oh dear, not crabby for a WHOLE week? I thought I could manage for one day not to be grumpy. I will join hands with you and work on being NOT crabby for a week as well.
      Thankfully we only have to do it one day at a time.

  • If it’s okay with you I will listen attentively to anyone I see today. I will have a good attitude regardless of what I encounter, but I will say something other than, “Have a nice day.” I think people say it without meaning it, so we have a filter that just dismisses it. Also, I have seen people say it when they are not even looking at me. So if I can have a little leeway, I will be saying, “I hope you have a great day.”

    That’s what I tell people who wait on me at the store. And I tell them this after I ask them how long they have to work, or something that engages them.

    I hope you have a great day Pamela. Your words bring joy to people and they are peppered with truth so others can resonate.

    • Hello Anne,
      You are so right. People say, “have a nice day” without looking or even meaning what they say.
      I love, “I hope you have a great day.” Because great, is much nicer than “nice.”

      I hope you have a great day Anne. Thank you for your encouragement about my writing.

      • I want you to know I did happen to go out yesterday and I had an opportunity to tell about five people, “I hope you have a great day.” And one of them, a guy at Lowe’s who was very helpful earned, “I hope you have a great day, and I really mean that.”

        • Anne,
          You are a true bearer of good news. One day I would love to meet you face to face, hug you, and say, “Anne, I hope you have a great day. And I really mean that.”

  • Katina Vaselopulos

    Have a nice day, Pamela! Filled with beauty and joy!

    Despite Life, I always count my blessings and am grateful for them. Always wish the others joy. A nice word does not cost anything yet alters the state of those who say it and those who receive it. Changes the world vibes into positive mode.

    Have a nice day, my friend!

    • Good Morning Katina,
      I hope you have a nice day too! Filled with joy and at least one hug.

      You are so wise to always count your blessings. Sometimes in the middle of a busy day, I forget to be thankful. Today I am thankful for you.

  • Pat Meyers

    Have a nice day, Pamela. I will be and I will be telling everyone else to do so as well.

    • Good morning Pat. I hope you have a nice day too.

  • Teresa R

    I will be sitting in a hospital waiting room while my husband had surgery on his knee. Since I will have already worked 8 hours before going home to get suitcase in car, walk the dog, then drive to the hospital. Once I leave the hospital, I will be heading home to bed.
    Don’t know how many people I will see to say “Have a nice day”, but I will do my best

    • Good Morning Teresa,
      I pray your husband’s surgery goes well. You have all ready had a full day.
      Thank you for trying to do your best. Maybe there is a nurse who needs you to remind her to, “have a nice day.”
      And Teresa, I hope you have a nice day too.