If you have been following us for a while, you will have noticed that most of our articles deal with serious issues, with an especially strong focus on physical health. However, here at Granite Fitness, we think of health in a holistic manner, which means that mental health is just as important. So today, we will be discussing some ways to put a smile on someone else’s face.
Do you want to put a smile on someone’s face? Maybe make their day a little bit brighter? It doesn’t have to take much time or money on your part. In fact, many things can be done as a part of your normal routine and cost little or nothing. You won’t know how many people are encouraged by your kindness because smiles are contagious. Try out one or more of these seven ways today to put smiles on their faces.
One: Write an encouraging note to others that have encouraged you
Handwritten notes that are given to encourage, not just for thanking someone for a gift, are rare. This is especially so in this day and age. That makes handwritten notes even more special. Start a new practice of sitting down and writing an encouraging note on a regular basis. You just might start an epidemic!
Two: Take a friend out to lunch or invite her to your home for a meal
If you are in a western country or are living in the city, chances are that you have been neglecting some friendships. Let’s just be honest about it. By having a meal with a friend, you will get to know each other even better than you do right now. If you feel like being more adventurous, throw a party for several of your friends and put smiles on a multitude of faces.
Three: Give someone an inspirational book to read
Inner city life is good in some ways, but in other ways it is not. Many of us are too busy working to care about our mental health. Enter the inspirational book, which you pass on to someone else. You will feel good doing it, reading the book will change the person, and they will think of you every time they read it.
Four: Ask a friend or relative if you can take care of their kid(s) for a day or evening
If you have been a parent, you know the value of being able to have a few hours of “adult time” without worrying about the children. Don’t wait to be asked to baby-sit when it is required. Offer to do it at a time when the parent can do something fun and relaxing. They will thank your nice gesture!
Five: Deliver a meal to someone you know that is sick or having a rough time
We have all been sick and know the last thing you want to do is be out of bed. There are also times when life is tough and it is hard to do all of the daily chores. You can be a tremendous help by providing a meal that can be enjoyed. It will also send them the message that they matter.
Six: Volunteer time to supporting your local church or charity
Every minute you dedicate to a church or charity will cause many smiles. You will put a smile on the face of each leader just for helping without being asked. You will also be putting smiles on the faces of those that are being helped through the organization. There are times when you might feel underappreciated, but when people do show appreciation, it will be worth it.
Seven: Thank everyone that supports you throughout the day
The list of those that you come in contact with is endless. Remember family and friends, secretaries, co-workers, teachers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, store employees, janitors, gas station attendants, those that deliver your mail and newspaper, and servers at restaurants. A note of gratitude means a lot to them.
While we have covered these seven ways, I have left one bonus for you which can trump all of those mentioned above. Reveal a genuine smile to everyone you meet! You will experience how easy it is to get others to smile! I wish you happiness in your life. Spread the positivity!
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