5 Ways to Put a Smile on Someone’s Face

5 Ways to Put a Smile on Someone's Face

“Be the reason someone smiles today.” Seeing that slogan pop up on social media regularly attached to lovely pictures and happy faces can fade into visual noise after a while. But it’s a terrific daily goal to set. Being the reason someone smiles benefits you as much – or more – than the recipient of your kindness. Oh, I know you’re not kind to get the physical, emotional, and spiritual lift that studies indicate doing good for others result in, but those are wonderful side effects, don’t you think?

Putting a smile on someone’s face is  as easy as offering a compliment or encouraging word. If you want to add a little creativity to the mix, here are 5 more ways to light up someone’s day:

  1. Give the compliment they can carry with them. Type out compliments on some make-your-own colorful business cards that can be found at office supply stores. Smile-inducing statements like: You have a beatiful smile! and That color looks wonderful on you! and Most fun shoes I’ve seen all day! and You are great at your job! Put a rubber band around your stack, carry them with you, and pass them out generously as “needed” throughout the day!
  2. Give a moment of your time. Next time you get good service at a restaurant, fast food place, hardware store, etc., ask to speak to the manager. They will be pleasantly surprised to be summoned for a positive reason and the employee may get props. A couple of days after letting a Best Buy manager know how an employee went above and beyond to offer assistance on, as we found out after the fact, the employee’s day off, we returned to the store. There in the Best Buy entryway was a framed picture of our awesome helper with a sign that proclaimed him “Employee of the Month.” Quite a payoff for a few minutes of time!
  3. Give the unexpected. Pick up some flowers while you’re grocery shopping – a little bouquet or mini-potted roses from the floral section most stores have now. After you pay for them, hand them to the person behind you in line and tell them to have a nice day. You’ll both end up smiling!
  4. Give them a reminder. Let that person whose company you enjoy, but rarely get to connect with, know you’re thinking of them. Use social media to send a bright picture (maybe of something they collect or a place you visited together?) with your just-because-I’m-thinking-of-you message. Sending a text or leaving a voicemail can be just as effective. Recently I remembered an adventure (okay, more of a misadventure) a friend and I had shared years ago and I called her to tell her how it still cracked me up. I deliberately called at a time I didn’t think she’d answer so that she would get the surprise message. I couldn’t get through the message without laughing as I recounted the memory. Which made her laugh when she received it. Mission accomplished!
  5. Give a blast-from-the-past. Send a hand-written thank you note to someone who has touched your life by some act they wouldn’t expect a thank you for. That wonderful role model, or a person whose wise advice has stayed with you, or someone who inspired you to take action. You know – that person who puts a smile on your face just by thinking of them. It’s your turn the make them smile!

Mary Tyler Moore isn’t the only one “who can turn the world on with her smile”* – we ALL have that power. Let’s go forth and use it well!

5 Ways to Put a Smile on Someone's Face

*If you did not recognize that reference, it may indicate that you aren’t in your fifties – please know that you are still welcome here!

Serious Smile Power

Serious Smile PowerI confess I’m one of those (obnoxious?) people who, even though I know you’re trying to avoid eye contact as you pass me on the street, will flash a big smile when you get close to accompany my bright “Good morning!” You may ignore me. You may grumble/mumble a response to my unexpected greeting. But as often as not, you’re going to smile back – and maybe even offer a pleasantry of your own. Why? Because smiles are every bit as contagious as yawns!

You already know how effective your own smile can be. It can make somebody happy, calm somebody down, or get somebody to do exactly what you’d like them to do. But the power of a smile goes way beyond the surface. Studies show that smiling more can help us live longer, reduce stress, and reduce blood pressure. Another study shows that smiling can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate! (Okay – I might need actual proof for that last one.)

In this popular Ted talk, more hidden powers of smiling are revealed. Check it out for a great way to start the week with a (powerful!) smile on your face!

Paraprosdokians: The voices in my head may not be real, but they have some good ideas!

Friday Five at Fat-Bottom-Fifties Get FierceParaprosdokians (now that is an impressive word to throw around) are figures of speech in which the latter part of a sentence is unexpected and makes you laugh a bit! We thought we’d send you on to your weekend with a smile on your face. Check out the list below – be prepared to chuckle!

1. Since light travels faster than sound, some people appear bright until you hear them speak. (This is my personal favorite!

2. They begin the evening news with ‘Good Evening,’ then proceed to tell you why it isn’t.

3. I didn’t say it was your fault, I said I was blaming you. (Kind of tied for personal favorite).


4. Change is inevitable, except from a vending machine.

And Finally… 

5. I’m supposed to respect my elders, but it’s getting harder and harder for me to find one now.    -M

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