If we could only figure out how to make other people happy, we would be able to find happiness ourselves. It is a worthy effort to indulge in.
First of all, congratulations on wanting to make someone happy. Not many people want to make other people happy, and since you want to, you are a person. Give yourself a pat on your back.
Now, let us get down to work since making other people happy takes work. It takes thinking, and execution just like any other activity. It depends on who you are trying to make happy, but for the purpose of this post, we will look at making anyone happy today. Anyone could mean people in your family, friends, and even strangers.
Let us get started. Here are 30 ways to make someone happy today.
1. Smile about to make other people happy
Be a happy person yourself. When you are happy and genuinely happy, not the fake happy, people tend to look upon you to make them happy as well. Smile at your family, friends and even strangers. They would be grateful for a smile. Don’t overdo smiles at strangers. They may report you to the cops.
2. Give a compliment to make someone happy
Give genuine compliments. If you look for good in others, you will find something good. Give a genuine compliment to your partner, your colleagues or anyone else who you think would appreciate one and take it gracefully. Even receiving compliments gracefully is not everyone’s cup of tea.
3. Greet people with their name to bring a smile on their face
The social media has affected the way people talk to each other and it’s quite irritating to see people addressing each other as ‘dude,’ or just ‘hey.’ I mean, if you don’t take the effort to address people by their names, how you even expect to make friendships. Call people by their names. They like it. I do.
4. Tell a good joke to make them laugh
Well, one of the things I do in my life is to tell jokes professionally. But, you don’t even have to be a professional to tell a joke. If you can’t write a joke, tell someone a joke you have heard that you think would make them laugh.
5. Write a letter to make someone happy today
I know. Nobody writes letters anymore but if you want to make people happy, and that’s the reason you are reading this article, you should make the effort to write a letter to anyone you want to appreciate or say something important to. In fact, write it. Don’t type it.
6. Flowers make someone happy
Buy some flowers and give them to the person you want to delight. In fact, it would make sense if you care to know the flower they like the most, and then gift one, or a bunch. I love Orchids.
One easy way to make kids happy is to buy them chocolates. In fact, dark chocolate helps in enhancing the mood, and makes anyone feel momentarily happier. You can’t change their life, but you can make them smile.
8. Become a happy person to make people happy
Only happy people can make others happy. Become the kind of person people look up to for happiness and positivity. You see, everyone has problems, but the point is not to have problems, but learning how to deal with them. To learn how to be happy everyday yourself, consider reading this. Don’t just read it, execute it.
9. Gift someone something they would like to bring a smile
If you know the person you want to make happy personally, gift them something they would like. For example, if you want to make a friend happy, and they are a reader, buy them a book they would love.
10. Make a phone call to make someone smile
11. Speak with love to make someone deeply happy
It is not easy all the time but I just feel that some people are good at this. They speak with so much love and affection that it makes you melt. If you have a hit temper like I do, it will take effort but try to speak with love, and warmth.
12. Say thank you, every time you are served
Say thank you to the building guard where you work or you live when he opens the gate for you, when you are served coffee or food. Say thank you to the chauffeur or every time you are served and make to feel good. Yes, it is their job but if they do it well, you owe gratitude to them.
13. Leave a tip to bring a smile
When you are served well by someone who cares for their job, leave a small tip. It may not be necessary to do it, but when you do it, you make the world a little happier for them. All of us are not equally fortunate, and hence tipping someone for good service is a happy thing to do,
14. Say your apologies and make others happy
One of the ways to make someone happy is by taking the load of your mistakes off them emotionally. If you owe someone an apology, do not go to bed without saying it. It will make you lighter, and them happier.
15. Help someone cross the road
There are many people who need help down the street. The world is not an easy place to live and it is even tougher for children and the elderly. If you can help someone cross the road, lift their luggage, do it. It will make their world a little better.
16. Write an ‘I appreciate you’ note to bring a smile
You don’t always have to write a long letter to make someone happy. Sometimes, you can just write an ‘I appreciate you’ note with one thing that you would want to appreciate them about.
17. Give someone who cares for you your time
Do you know that your time is the most precious gift you can give anyone?
Please go and have a heart to heart conversation with someone you like, a friend or a relative. Your time is the most precious and valuable gift you can give.
18. Feed the hungry and make someone happy today
The world is a hungry place. If you have been blessed to be living a life where you have access to food, house and basic facilities, you are fortunate. Once in a while, buy some biscuits, snacks, milk and food and go and distribute among the poor. They will be happy. I guarantee. I have done this multiple times over.
19. Say “I love you” to people you love
If you want to make people you love happy and you do, make the time to say those magic words. Do not take it that they would understand. It feels nice and happy to anyone to know that they are loved.
20. Touch to make others happy
Touch is a powerful way to show that you care. Hug your family. Hug your friends. Not only they would feel happy, you would also feel loved and warmth. We can’t love people without loving ourselves. Especially in India, there is this aversion to hugs. Most Indians don’t hug each other and that’s weird. People get awkward hugging their children and their siblings. But, we are a great country since we don’t hug but our population is about to hit the number 1 spot in the world.
Jokes aside, touch is a powerful way to make people happy.
21. Help your colleagues to bring a smile
The rat is not worth it. People say things like ‘it’s a rat eat rat world,’ but who has made the world like that? You don’t have to be inhuman and insensitive to your colleagues just because you are competing with them. Be warm to them and help them achieve their goals. You will earn more by making valuable friendships. Help them achieve their goals. They would feel happy you did. You would feel happy you did.
22. Praise your boss to make them happy
You may not like your boss but if you look for something that’s worth appreciating in them, you would find it. I repeat, we look for what we find. Do not make it flattery. Make it genuine heartfelt praise.
23. Share a meal
They say happiness multiplies when it is shared. Share a meal with people you care and they would be happy. You would also enjoy your meal more than you would if you ate alone. Never eat alone.
24. Share your art
Even if you are not a professional performer, all of us are artists if we try. You must have some sort of a skill, in writing, in painting, in craft or anything else that you like doing. Share it with the world, and make it happier.
Who knows while you try to do it, you may discover yourself in the process.
25. Hold the door a little longer for everyone to pass
Think about it. Haven’t you liked it when someone has held the door open for you? Didn’t you smile? Hold the door and let people walk. Smile while you do that. I am smiling only as I write it since it would certainly make a bunch of people happy.
26. Believe in someone
A lot of dreams get crushed because nobody believes in them. Take the time to understand people’s dreams and believe in them.
A lot of people made something of themselves in life just because someone believed in them. Why don’t you become that person?
27. Give free hugs
Do some free hugs on the street. If you can’t do them on the street, just announce it in your social circle and go around giving hugs. Make people happy. Everyone is craving for love. Let me repeat that. Everyone is craving for love.
28. Donate money to charity
Donate money to any charity that’s worth their work. There are many non-governmental organisations working in the field of child or women welfare or even sexual health. Choose a cause that you support, find a charity and donate some money. If you can’t donate your money, donate some time. There are people always looking for help.
29. Plan a surprise to make other people happy
Everyone loves surprises. Plan a surprise whenever there is dullness and you need to make some happiness for people who care. Just create a surprise that they would love and make their day. It doesn’t even have to be expensive. It has to be something that the receiver would truly care about. For example, a music concert for someone who loves music. It’s simple to do, just takes some thought and effort.
30. Spread the message of joy
Our purpose here is to make the world a better and a happier place. Whoever you meet, try and infect them with joy and happiness. Also, share with them that their purpose is also to make others happy. In fact, if we take our eyes off ourselves and focus on how to make the world a happier place, we find happiness inside too. In fact, that’s the only way to find happiness inside.
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