“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”Eleanor Roosevelt
It doesn’t take a lot to make someone smile and you might just make their day. It’s the simple little acts of kindness, like giving a sweet compliment, taking the time to handwrite a note or share a nice finding, that can make a big difference in someone’s day.
A simple “Hello” can be the first step to unimaginably beautiful experiences in your life. You never know how beautiful thoughts and experiences the other person is embracing.
I know sometimes it’s hard to smile because of all the crises in your life, however, it can make you happy even when you are not. Apart from that, it’ll make others happy, maybe they’ll make you smile in return somehow. Try it!
3. Thank you
Probably the most beautiful word in English. You may usually say it for the big things – helping with a project, gifts, or getting a discount. It could mean so much to the other person. It should be used more often for simpler things too – for thoughtfulness or for making you feel good for a while.
TED talk Remember to Say Thank You by Laura Trics explains how it’s important and why you should say it often.
4. Share your findings
I’m sure when you wander over different websites, travel places, or read books – you come across great findings. Share them with people.
5. Hiding secret notes/things
This one is quite fun. Write a sweet thank you letter and hide it in a friend’s bag or car. There is no timeline to when they’ll see it, however, it will make them smile when they do. I once hid chocolate in a friend’s handbag – the response made me happy too.
People have so much to say – just listen to them. Don’t somehow start your own story in between and abandon theirs. It’s important, they may have magnificent things to say.
This is my favorite and I have a wealth of gift ideas, which will be shared on Knowledge Lover. A gift must be measured by its thoughtfulness – pay great attention to the likes, dislikes, passion, hobbies, and interests of the receiver. Insist on making something by yourself – if you are good in papercraft, painting, digital design, quilling, or anything else creative, you know what to do.
One of my friends in school could not find a similar mechanical pencil as mine, which made him disappointed. On his birthday I bought a similar one for him. He could not control his joy. Simple.
Just a simple flower for someone on a random day or a friend you are meeting after a long time. Greet them with a beautiful flower. A flawless way to show that you care.
Everyone wants to be appreciated as much as you do. Praise people publicly for the right things they do. It will make them motivated and happy.
You can help people even when they don’t ask for it. Someone is spending a lot of time doing a small task, like creating a graphic design using the wrong tool or the hard way. You can guide that person so their work will be easier with just a simple tip.
Most people may not like it initially, however later they’ll realize that you were right for criticizing them.
12. Chocolate Shake
The most irresistible drink on the planet. Have a nice thick cold chocolate with someone. It certainly feels good and it’s good for your health too.
Write to the people you care about, preferably handwritten letters to show that you care and cherish their existence in your life. You can combine this with the point above – “Praise” by publicly writing about their importance in a speech or a blog. Get creative.
Many people, including myself, are not comfortable calling someone on phone. Though I have noticed people feel great when you call them to appreciate or say something to make them happy. Downfall arises when you ask for help along with appreciating them.
Simple little things can mean the most. Start with complimenting people – nice shirt, you are looking more vibrant today, once more, I want to be like you, stunning artwork, you smell nice or in contemporary terms share something created by someone on your Facebook or Twitter profile – it’s equal to a compliment.
Lately I’ve been having lots of scrumptious things – sweets, cakes, chocolates and candies – they’re irresistible. I hope they are reflecting in my thoughts.
It has just begun. This list will be updated regularly with more ways to make someone happy. Stay tuned.