According to Medical News Today, smiling can help to reduce stress and is good for the heart. It doesn’t take much to put a smile on someone’s face. Sometimes it’s the smallest of gestures. There are a million different ways to cheer someone up, whether it’s being super generous or just doing something silly. Making a loved one smile will also make you feel good about yourself and brighten up your day. Below are five simple ways to do this:
Send a gift basket
If your loved one is feeling poorly or a little down, cheer them up by sending a surprise gift basket or hamper. Fill it with things you know they’ll love whether it’s their favorite chocolate, a funny book or magazine and plenty of get well soon gifts with pampering treats to make them feel better again. You can even include some home baked treats or meals if they’re not up to cooking. They’ll really appreciate the thought, as well as all the time and effort you’ve gone to. Wrap it up, make it look pretty and deliver it personally.
Write down your thoughts
Whether it’s leaving a note on the fridge to wish your partner a nice day or taking the time to send a letter to a friend to tell them how much you value their friendship, surprising a loved one with a handwritten note or card can instantly turn a bad day into a good one.
If you’re a workaholic and don’t get the time to send a letter, send an email or an e-card whilst at your computer – nobody will ever know!
Share an old photo or memory
Dig up a decade-old photo of you and a friend or family member and share it with that person when they don’t expect it. Post it through their door, share it on Facebook or add it to a card. If it’s a birthday or anniversary, you could even put together a collection of photos to make a framed collage. Alternatively, share and reminisce about an old memory that you know will put a smile on their face. Laughter is the best medicine.
Send them flowers
Whether you’re handpicking a bunch, or ordering a bespoke bouquet, an unexpected gift of flowers really can make someone smile – according to Canadian Florist Magazine. The survey, by Teleflora, found that 71 per cent of women between the ages of 35 and 44 said that receiving a bouquet of flowers unexpectedly would make them smile.
Do the person a favor
Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. If you have a friend who is a new mom, offer to go out and run her errands, do the grocery shopping or babysit for her whilst she sleeps. If your child is struggling with their homework, spend time to help them figure it all out. The smallest of favors can make a difference and chances are they will have your back in the future.