As a general rule, I will pretty much do whatever it takes to elicit a good laugh out of somebody. I’ve been known to do things like what you’re seeing in this picture for pretty much my whole life. This particular instance was because my dear friend Julia, who you see in the background about to wet herself, was having a rough day and I took it upon myself to do what I could to make it better. As you can see, it worked pretty well. Now, please don’t get me wrong here. I’m not suggesting that in order to make the world around you a lighter place you need to Scotch tape your face. In fact, I don’t recommend it. If I remember correctly, it really hurt to pull that shit off my eyebrows. What I am suggesting, is that there is literally ALWAYS something that you can do to brighten up somebody’s day, and it takes such little effort. Read on to discover 10 easy ways you can bring a little positive flair to somebody’s day starting now!
Yep, legit the easiest way to help another person experience some joy in their lives is to smile at them. You weren’t born with that beautiful visage for nothing! Put what yo’ Mama gave you to good use by sharing it with the world. You’ll most certainly inspire the recipient to do the same.
Your ears…also there for a reason (other than being able to jam out to some really good tunes while lead-footing it down the interstate). How often do you feel like nobody’s listening to you? Sometimes all it takes is slowing down long enough to truly hear another person that will leave them beaming from ear to ear.
3. Crack a Joke
Sometimes life gets messy and really serious and it’s hard to see beyond the chaos that’s happening in the moment. Dropping a relatively stupid and well-intentioned joke can be just the medicine to remind another person that this too shall pass and it’s okay to laugh.
4. Write a Letter
Let’s just be honest…it’s freaking awesome to get an ACTUAL letter in the mail. Seriously, I’m just going to own it…my husband and I literally race each other down the driveway if we happen to both be home when the mail carrier comes. 90% of the time we find ourselves inundated with junk mail and bills we don’t want to open, but every once in a while there’s an unexpected letter and it’s like Christmas morning! It feels good to know that people are thinking of you even though they might not be around.
5. Compliment Them
I’m not talking some sideways compliment solely intended to instill a feel-good factor. I don’t do bullshit and I would recommend you avoid it too. People see right through that and if they smile, it’s probably a bit of bullshit back at you. No, I’m talking a real, genuine compliment that comes from your heart and reminds the person receiving it that they are valued. One or two kind words can go a very long way in changing the course of somebody’s day.
6. Tempt Their Tummy
Why? Um…because FOOD! Yes, because FOOD is amazing and delicious and it makes people feel full and when people feel full of yumminess their brains send off little, happy signals all throughout the rest of their bodies and that makes them smile. Also, because when you give people delicious food, they will feel compelled to share and that will make you smile too.
7. Random Acts of Kindness
There is something so incredibly gratifying about anonymously performing an act of kindness. Donate your old towels to an animal shelter, leave your unused coupons somewhere the next guy might find them or let somebody merge into your lane of traffic even though you are in a rush (preferably without flipping them the bird). These simple acts can help to change somebody’s day and who knows…they might even pay it forward.
8. Be True to Yourself
Believe it or not, one of the best ways you can make somebody smile is by owning yourself unapologetically. People want to live out their own dreams, and when they see somebody else doing it, it’s a reminder that it’s possible for them too. Why do you think those videos of human beings picking up cars and jumping from rooftop to rooftop trend so hard on social media? Uh, because it’s freaking awesome, duh! I’m not suggesting that you should attempt to walk on fire or swim the English Channel in nothing but your Speedos (unless that’s your thing), but embrace what makes you unique and let it shine. People love to smile at that stuff!
9. Make Them Something
Again, people like to see other people doing what makes them happy. When you are being creative, you are expressing yourself by doing something that makes your heart sing. Passing this expression onto another person is like saying, “Hi, this is a big chunk of my heart that makes me super happy to create. Would you like a piece of it? Maybe it will make your heart smile, too.” I mean, that’s a pretty awesome thing to share!
10. Scotch Tape Your Face
Well, c’mon…it works! I mean, go back and take a look at that picture. The girl is legit about to fall out of her chair. Mission accomplished! If all else fails, you always have this to fall back on.
Now that you know a few really, excruciatingly easy ways to spread some joy, get off your buns and go do it! None of this takes money, a college degree, an abundance of creativity, or even very little energy. All it takes is the genuine desire to share some love and make the world a better place, one smile at a time. Go get ’em.
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