35 Ways to Make Someone Smile Today

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Written by Frankie Cameron

Do you want to make someone smile today? Maybe make their day a little brighter? It doesn’t have to take much time or money on your part. In fact, you can do many things as a part of your normal routine that costs little to nothing.

So, why am I talking about smiling? It’s not normally what I blog about. Well, it is happiness week and with the events of the past few years, we can all deal with a little more happiness in our lives.

10 Facts about Smiling

Here are ten facts about smiling:

  • 50% of people smile back when you smile at them
  • A smile is a universal expression of happiness in all cultures.
  • A smiling person appears more pleasant, attractive, sociable, sincere, and competent
  • Babies are born with the ability to smile (it is not a learned behavior.
  • It takes 17 muscles to smile, and 43 muscles to frown, so smiling is easier
  • A smile starts another smile
  • Smiling reduces stress
  • Smiling releases endorphins that automatically make us feel better.
  • Women smile more than men.
  • You can easily improve your looks when you smile

Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.

Connie Stevens

35 Ways to Make Someone Smile

There are so many things that you can do to make someone’s day just a little better. Here are 35 ways to turn that frown upside down.

  1. Ask a friend or neighbour if they need anything when you are out shopping
  2. Bring a co-worker a coffee or tea
  3. Call or text someone out of the blue just to say hi
  4. Clean up after yourself
  5. Compliment a friend
  6. Cook a surprise meal for your partner
  7. Deliver a meal to a friend who is having a rough time
  8. Donate something to charity
  9. Give someone an inspirational book to read
  10. Give your seat on the bus/train to someone in need
  11. Hold the door for the person walking behind you
  12. Hug your family for no reason
  13. Invite a friend to a home-cooked meal
  14. Leave a huge tip
  15. Let someone know that you were thinking about them
  16. Listen actively to someone when they talk
  17. Make someone a playlist
  18. Offer to baby-sit a family member or friend’s child(ren)
  19. Pick wildflowers (in season) for a friend or partner
  20. Plan an indoor picnic with your children
  21. Praise someone for doing a good job
  22. Send someone an unexpected small gift, like chocolate or a bookmark,
  23. Send thank-you notes or cards to everyone that has helped you in your life
  24. Share your umbrella when it rains
  25. Shovel your neighbour’s driveway or mow their lawn
  26. Smile at everyone you meet
  27. Start a conversation with a stranger
  28. Support an online creator
  29. Tell the people in your life that you love them
  30. Tell your child you are proud of them
  31. Thank everyone that does something for you
  32. Volunteer for a charity event
  33. Walk your neighbour’s dog
  34. Write a love letter to your partner
  35. Write a note/email to someone who needs encouragement

A smile is the best makeup any girl can wear.

Marilyn Monroe

Final Thoughts

Since smiling is contagious, you might create a smiling chain. Your kindness will encourage other people to pay it forward. How can you make someone smile today? Let me know in the comments.

 

Until next time

Frankie

Feature image by Messan Edoh from Pixabay.

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