No one has ever regretted being kind. Being able to brighten a day and promote some serious feel-good vibes is a wonderful trait to have. So if your friend is having a bad day, here are some ways to help cheer them up.
1. Listen to them: Sometimes lending an ear is all it takes to get a person through a tough situation. Not solving problems – simply listening AND hearing. Allowing them to vent and saying “I’m sorry, that sucks” can make a person feel less alone.
2. Cook for them, or organize a meal to be delivered: When someone’s down in the dumps, it’s common to experience low energy levels that make it tempting to reach for quick, unhealthy snacks. So, if you’ve got a friend who’s feeling down and eating badly because of it, offer to cook them dinner, take them out for a meal or even have a meal delivered and be mindful to make it healthy.
3. Write them a note – a handwritten one: While sending a quick text or DM is obviously easier, it’s definitely not as personal. Because we’re so used to communicating digitally nowadays, a handwritten note carries a lot more significance and meaning, which can make a person feel extra loved. Not really a “writer”? Sometimes a simple “thinking of you” on a post-it is enough to put a smile on someone’s face.
4. Tag them in a funny meme: Sending them something hilarious or even silly can distract them for a little while and put a smile on their face. It usually always works.
5. Take a class together: Help your buddy redirect their thoughts and energy toward a positive experience by enrolling in a class. Pizza making class? Beer Tasting evening, where you learn something, flower arranging? Losing ourselves in a pleasurable activity has a calming effect, which strengthens our sense of well-being and feelings of self-worth. A word of advice: Keep the activity small, so that they can feel a sense of accomplishment when it’s over.