Top 10 ways to make someone’s day

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Avery Davis, Staff Writer

  1. Food

There is a reason grandparents often use food as a means of doting on their younger relatives. Bringing someone donuts or a Sonic drink is a good way of showing that you care, especially if it is unexpected.

 

  1. Leave a nice note

A personal note shows that you were thinking about someone enough to take the time out of your day to write. Handwritten notes are rare and may make the person receiving the message feel special. Consider putting the note in an unexpected place – on their steering wheel, locker or somewhere that will surprise them.

 

  1. Compliments

Sometimes a single sincere compliment can turn someone’s entire day around for the better. A lot of people feel insecure about their appearance, talents or other traits. By highlighting something special about them, you can help their confidence level and overall mood to rise.

 

  1. Leave a nice message (or song!)

If you are unable to talk to someone in person but want to brighten their day, leaving a voicemail is always appreciated. Hearing your voice will make what you have to say meaningful. If you want to cheer them up even more, try serenading them via voicemail. And if you can not sing, it makes it even better (and funnier).

 

  1. Invite them to hang out

When someone is feeling unloved or unwanted, it is important to show through your actions that you care. Spending time with the person is one of the best ways you can do this. It shows that you want to be around them because of the personality traits they possess, and not simply because they always ask you first. Sometimes people can feel as if they are a burden or that you are forced to spend time with them, and inviting them to do things can make them feel valued.

 

  1. Open up

Sharing something personal with the person can help them feel special. You do not have to tell them something dark or secretive. It can be any detail about yourself – something you collect, a favorite food or a cherished memory. And sometimes, starting a conversation with someone makes them open up too.

 

  1. Offer hugs

Sometimes people crave human affection without realizing it. Hugging has been repeatedly found to have a positive impact for both health and emotions. It releases chemicals in the brain that lead to feelings of bonding, comfort, and lower stress levels.

 

  1. Listen

If someone is feeling stressed or frustrated, having someone to talk to about it can relieve their anxieties and tensions. It is important not to interrupt with your own stories – if they need to rant, let them. Try your best to be a good listener, and let them know that you will be there for them through it all.

 

  1. Tell your friend how much they are appreciated

An occasional reminder of how much someone means to you can make all the difference. If you know someone is feeling left out or unwanted, assure them how much their friendship means to you. This is one of those things that is not said enough – friendships are often taken for granted until they are gone, and it is important to remember how special having a friend can be.

 

  1. Smile

A smile goes a long way. It can make someone feel noticed and important, which boosts their self esteem and affects the rest of their day. Plus smiles are contagious – soon others around you might be smiling too.