When was the last time you made someone smile?
Making someone smile not only makes the other person feel good, but it also makes you feel good too!
Think about how great it would feel if you were the reason someone – a different person each day – smiled every single day. Wouldn’t that be amazing?
Imagine if everyone strived to make at least one other person smile every day. Just think about how happy the world would be!
The Power of a Smile
Smiling is one of the simplest yet most powerful things you can do to brighten your day and the days of those around you.
The act of smiling activates the muscles in your face responsible for producing a smile, which then sends signals to the brain that tell you to feel happy. So not only does smiling make you look happier, but it actually makes you feel happier as well!
A single smile can:
– Lift your mood
– Reduce stress
– Lower blood pressure
– Boost your immune system
– Relieve pain (by releasing endorphins, the body’s natural painkillers)
Smiling is also contagious. When you smile, those around you can’t help but smile back. Try it. Smile at the next person you see and watch their face light up.
Why It’s Important to Make Others Smile
Everyone has bad days. Sometimes, all someone needs is a smile from someone else to turn their day around.
You’ve probably experienced a similar situation before. You’re tired, grumpy, and feeling like the world is against you, but then someone does something nice for you or even smiles at you, and suddenly your day doesn’t seem so bad anymore.
By making an effort to put a smile on somebody else’s face, you may find that you’re able to make your own day a little bit better. It’s a win-win for everyone involved.
Why should you try to make others smile?
– It will make you feel good to make others happy.
– It’s easy and only takes a few seconds.
– It could turn somebody’s whole day around.
– It makes the world a happier place.
How to Be the Reason Someone Smiles Today
Now that you know all about the benefits of making others smile, you might be wondering how to do it.
Here are some ideas:
Stranger or Acquaintance
Smile at Them
Again, smiling is contagious. If you smile at someone, they will most likely smile back. It’s a simple way to make somebody’s day and takes almost no effort on your part.
Give Them a Compliment
Give a simple but genuine compliment. “I love your shoes!” or “You have a beautiful smile.” It just takes a few words to make someone feel good.
Hold the Door Open for Them
If you’re entering or leaving a building at the same time as someone else, hold the door open for them. It’s a small gesture that can make a big difference.
Let Them Go ahead of You in Line
If you’re in line at a store, and you see that the person behind you only has a few items, offer to let them go ahead of you.
Buy Them a Cup of Coffee or Tea
Start a chain reaction of kindness by buying the person behind you their morning drink. It’s a kind act that they’re sure to remember and may even pay forward themselves.
Say Please and Thank You for the Things That They Do
It’s always polite to say please and thank you, but it can mean even more coming from a stranger. If somebody does something nice for you, be sure to express your gratitude.
Leave a Positive Note for Them
Take the time to leave a good review online for a business you frequent or write a positive comment on somebody’s blog post. You never know when your words of encouragement could brighten somebody’s day.
Friend or Family Member
Make Them Laugh
Tell them a joke, ask funny questions, or watch a comedy together to get some laughs. Laughter is a great way to bond with others and has all sorts of great benefits for your health.
Do Something Nice for Them Without Being Asked
Whatever you can do to make their life a bit better, do that. Do a chore for them that they hate, tidy up an area that has been bugging them, or make them their favorite meal. Little things can mean a lot.
Send Them a Handwritten Letter or Card
With everything being digital these days, getting something in the mail that’s handwritten is a really special treat. Take the time to let your friends and family know how much they mean to you with a thoughtful letter or card.
Give Them a Hug
Sometimes, all someone needs is a hug. Whether they’re going through a tough time or just having a bad day, a hug can make all the difference.
Give Them Your Undivided Attention
In our fast-paced, always-connected world, it can be hard to focus on the people in front of us. Next time you’re talking to a friend or family member, put away your phone and give them your full attention.
Help Them Out With Something
If someone is struggling with something, offer to help them out. Whether it’s watching their kids so they can have a break or helping them move to a new house, your assistance will be very much appreciated.
Tell Them How Much You Appreciate Them
It’s easy to take the people in our lives for granted, but it’s important to let them know how much we appreciate them. Whether you say it out loud, write it in a card, or post it on social media, take a moment to let the people in your life know how grateful you are for them.
Send an Uplifting Text or Email if They’re Having a Tough Day
If you know someone who’s having a tough day, send them a text or email letting them know that you’re thinking of them and that things will get better. A little bit of encouragement can go a long way.
Surprise Them With a Small Gift
A small gift can make someone’s day. It doesn’t have to be anything big or expensive – just a gift to say that you’re thinking of them! It could be a book, a mug, a trinket, or anything else you know they’d like. Online shopping makes it easy to send a surprise gift – all you need to know is their address!
Remember Their Birthdays and Special Occasions and Reach Out With Well-Wishes
Birthdays and other special occasions are great opportunities to let your friends and family know how much you care about them. Whether you call them, send them a card, or post on their social media, take a moment to reach out and wish them the best.
Express Your Love
Telling someone you love them is a meaningful act of devotion that enriches relationships. Regularly express love to the important people in your life – your partner, family, friends, and pets. Don’t be shy about putting your feelings into words. Telling loved ones they are cherished will be remembered and returned.
It doesn’t take much to make someone smile or brighten their day. By choosing kindness and with a bit of thoughtfulness and effort, you can be the reason someone smiles today.
As Roy T. Bennett says: “Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”
You can be the reason every day. Why not start today? 🙂
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