In 6 Ways To Show You Care I mentioned giving some “unexpected happiness”. To give you some inspiration for just how to do that I created this list, 9 Ways To Deliver Unexpected Happiness.
Excerpt from 6 Ways To Show You Care…
“It is easy to fall into the day-to-day routine that life brings. With those routines we can get stuck feeling uninspired. Inspire someone! Whether you pay for someone in a drive thru line, share a book with a friend, or leave a note for the one you love. There are endless ways to think of others. It could be as simple as a kind word or a smile, but try it out. After all, it is the little things that matter most!”
1) Send a card, text, email or letter… or simply give them a call.
One of my favorite things is opening the mailbox and coming across a note or card from a friend. But if you are short on time a phone call, text, social media message, or email can mean just as much. It’s the thought that counts!
2. Make them a mixed CD.
An oldie but goodie, this has been effective since the first tape recorders were sold. If you are too young/modern to know how to burn a CD, you could dedicate a Spotify (or other social music site) playlist to them. Don’t forget to put songs that they like as well, and not only your favorites, or you can just make a mix of songs that remind you of them!
3. Buy or pick flowers for them.
Flowers can instantly brighten someone’s day! Make sure if you pick them to do so in a legal and earth friendly way (maybe sprinkle some seeds).
4. Get them their favorite treat or food.
Or make it yourself! I love coffee and pretty much everyone who knows me is aware of this. I am sure if you know someone, and you have been practicing that actively listening, you will know something yummy to surprise them with.
5. Find something in nature that reminds you of them.
Nature is beautiful and all around us. Maybe you see a shell on the beach, a flower, a butterfly, or a uniquely shaped rock that reminds you of someone you know. Send them a photo of it or bring it to them.
6. Encourage them to pursue their dreams.
Chances are something you know can help someone else pursue a dream or goal. If you can offer someone else inspiration to help them in some way, do so. This is something people will never forget. If you don’t know how to help, just ask them what are their dreams. If you don’t have the knowledge/experience to offer, buy them a book or send them a link to a site that can help.
7. Ask them about their day and be sure to practice actively listening.
When you ask people about their day be sure to listen for as long as they want to speak. This might be hard but it could be just what they need. Most of the time we don’t even need to hear a solution, we just need to express what we are feeling. So don’t feel obligated to solve their problems. Just listen attentively.
8. Include them in an activity.
If you have planned something you know someone else would like, let him or her know about it. Even if you aren’t sure they would like it, invite them anyway. Sometimes we all need a bit of encouragement to try new things, and you never know when someone may have decided that’s just what they need.
9. Give them a hug.
Hugs can instantly boost oxytocin levels, which upgrades feelings of depression and loneliness into happiness and connectedness. You should hold the hug for at least 20 seconds to help both of you release stress and re-energize.
Until the next time…
“Happiness is a perfume you cannot pour on others without getting a few drops on yourself.” ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
Which of these do you like best? What other ideas have you tried?
Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear your thoughts!
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