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Mar 22

Making Someone Smile

We’ve all been there: the bad day.  The alarm didn’t go off, there was a traffic jam on the way to work, the boss was in a bad mood, a deadline suddenly moved from next week to tomorrow…you know how it goes.  But then someone does something to make you smile, and the stress melts away.  Making someone smile is one of the most important things we can do. 

There are many different things we can do to make someone smile.  It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture, either.  In fact, sometimes it’s the small things that really do it.  For example, if someone is having a hard time at work, offer to help them out if you can.  Even if your own job responsibilities won’t allow you to do that, let them know that you would gladly help out if you could.  Take them out to lunch or see if they want to go out after work.  Just being there and listening can make someone smile,

Another way is to smile yourself.  Being a happy, upbeat person tends to be infectious.  If you always try to be cheerful and look on the bright side of things, you can help those around you see that things aren’t quite as bad as they seem.  Don’t be unrealistic, because that can actually make things worse, but do what you can to always smile at least once a day, no matter how bad things are.

Of course, while you don’t have to give actual gifts to make someone smile, they never hurt.  Candy, little trinkets, and flowers can all bring a smile to someone’s face.  Village Gardens even has a great line of arrangements in our Make Someone Smile line just for this purpose.

Next time you see someone having a bad day, do something to make them smile.  They will return the favor when you’re having a rough time of it.

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