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9 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone's Day

9 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone's Day
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By nature, I'm not the most positive.

This has not stopped me from trying to see the light at the end of the tunnel or the glass as half full. It can be downright exhausting trying to pretend that everything will be okay. The upside is that I even start to believe that anything is possible and smells like roses.

Despite not having the most optimistic outlook on life, I strive to try to for others. I especially try for my family. Grand gestures of kindness are not needed to brighten someone's day. Heck, most are downright free. And, if anyone equates money with happiness well, they might be right, but how long can it last? The money not the happiness.

So, here are nine easy and (mostly) cheap ways to brighten someone's day.

1. Smile

Cheap, easy, and you don't even have to mean it. In fact, the more you smile the more you will believe that you are indeed happy. Plus, like laughter and yawning, it is contagious. 

2. Make a mix tape

9 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone's Day | 2. Make a mixed tape

Okay, maybe not sit by the boom box and record all your favorites, but creating a playlist for someone with the single purpose to make them happy is perfectly acceptable.

Tip: you can get or give the gift of Amazon Prime with an endless amount of music included in the membership.

3. Hold a hand

This one can be hard for some, but human contact is a necessary part of making connections. The easiest way to make a connection is to grab someone's hand and give it a squeeze. Can't reach their hand, touch a knee or a shoulder. As long as it is appropriate action and won't land you in trouble. 

4. Give a compliment

Compliments are free! Like hugs without touching. And, don't let familiarity stop you from giving a compliment. Go ahead and let the lady on the elevator how much you like her smile or purse. 

5. Listen

It is very hard to just listen to someone without interjecting or fixing. Be present, with no distractions and just listen. Guaranteed to make someone feel loved and special. Bonus points for holding hands at the same time. 

6. Buy flowers

9 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone's Day | 6. Buy flowers

Okay, not cheap but flowers are a sure-fire way to make someone special happy. 

7. Leave a note

9 Easy Ways to Brighten Someone's Day | 7. Write a note

When was the last time you wrote a note and it wasn't an apology left under a windshield wiper? Invest in some really nice stationary or note cards to make the note really special. 

8. Don't offer to help someone

Instead of saying, "let me know what you need," just do something, anything. If they are sick bring them soup, someone died, give them movie tickets, and if you don't know - see number five above. 

9. What do you get from a pampered cow?

Tell someone a joke! The cornier the better. BTW the answer is spoiled milk! haha

Of course, if you aren't happy with yourself, you won't be able to share happiness.

Waiting for someone else to make you happy won't make you happy.

How do you brighten someone's day?

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