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6 Simple Ways to Make Someone Smile Today

6 Simple Ways to Make Someone Smile Today

Do you like to provoke giggles, chuckles, and smiles in your close friends or loved ones? If so, you’re in the right place! Here are six simple ways to make someone smile today:

1. Surprise someone with a random kind act.

The First Rule of Surprises: they cannot be obvious or forced–that is why it is called a “surprise”. Be creative. You could ask a friend what theme park they enjoyed most as a child, then surprise them with tickets for a weekend visit. You could find out their biggest celebrity crush as a teen, and surprise them with a cute (corny?) poster displaying their cherished one. Or you could just buy a ridiculous gag gift that you know is guaranteed to make them laugh.

2. Compliment a co-worker’s cute haircut, new outfit, or confident posture.

Nothing makes people smile like receiving encouraging compliments…and work isn’t always the most exciting place to be. So why not brighten your days with a little positive energy? Don’t invent praise out of thin air, because you won’t fool anybody. Do point out the things you like about other people’s personalities and appearances.

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3. Buy a friend that book/movie they keep saying they want to read/watch, but never actually do.

They will appreciate the thought (and, as an added bonus, they will finally stop talking about doing the thing, and just do it already).

4. Kiss your partner out of the blue (seriously, right now if they’re in the room!).

Touch is my strongest sense, and I have to admit that I can get a little antsy without the occasional cuddle or kiss. By the way, I’m not kidding with that header up there–if your loved one is in the room right now, go kiss them without warning. I’ll still be here when you get back…promise! Physical contact is a great way to express love and appreciation for your partner, so please do more of that (I hope their reaction is priceless).

5. Play a fun game with your children (human or otherwise).

Confession: I am as child-like as it gets (for a “grown up”). I say this, because I still enjoy playing games like Hide-and-Seek or having water-gun fights with my cousins, and all kinds of things people might call, “silly”. Spending time with my cousins is a huge emotional outlet for me, because it’s awfully easy to become suffocated in our “grown-up” shells. It’s easy to forget how much freedom comes from doing something so fun that you forget about the world and all of its problems.

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Have kids? Hop, skip, jump rope, go to the park, or maybe even play some laser-tag.

Pet owner? Play fetch, or you could just take your pooch on a walk (my puppy-daughter’s favorite activity).

On your own? Climb a tree, take a hike, go bowling, spend time with young family members, or join a sporting league.

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6. Is anyone else in the room with you right now? If so, tell them a fun joke. If not, watch this video.

If you don’t have a joke, here’s a bad one that you are free to borrow (when I say “bad,” I mean REALLY bad!).

“What did Batman say to Robin before he got in the car?”

“Robin, get in the car.”

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Ba dum chhh!!!

(That was supposed to be the drum noise that comes after jokes just in case you didn’t get that.)

I told you it was gonna be bad! To make up for it, here’s an adorable video that will definitely make you smile.

If you know a good joke (hopefully better than mine), leave it in the comments. Vote for your favorites by clicking the *like* button. And please share this article with your friends. I hope it gives them a reason to smile. :)

Featured photo credit: Smile [94]/suvival198 via flickr.com

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Daniel Wallen

Daniel is a writer who focuses on blogging about happiness and motivation at Lifehack.

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How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

How to Stop Procrastinating: 11 Practical Ways for Procrastinators

You have a deadline looming. However, instead of doing your work, you are fiddling with miscellaneous things like checking email, social media, watching videos, surfing blogs and forums. You know you should be working, but you just don’t feel like doing anything.

We are all familiar with the procrastination phenomenon. When we procrastinate, we squander away our free time and put off important tasks we should be doing them till it’s too late. And when it is indeed too late, we panic and wish we got started earlier.

The chronic procrastinators I know have spent years of their life looped in this cycle. Delaying, putting off things, slacking, hiding from work, facing work only when it’s unavoidable, then repeating this loop all over again. It’s a bad habit that eats us away and prevents us from achieving greater results in life.

Don’t let procrastination take over your life. Here, I will share my personal steps on how to stop procrastinating. These 11 steps will definitely apply to you too:

1. Break Your Work into Little Steps

Part of the reason why we procrastinate is because subconsciously, we find the work too overwhelming for us. Break it down into little parts, then focus on one part at the time. If you still procrastinate on the task after breaking it down, then break it down even further. Soon, your task will be so simple that you will be thinking “gee, this is so simple that I might as well just do it now!”.

For example, I’m currently writing a new book (on How to achieve anything in life). Book writing at its full scale is an enormous project and can be overwhelming. However, when I break it down into phases such as –

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  • (1) Research
  • (2) Deciding the topic
  • (3) Creating the outline
  • (4) Drafting the content
  • (5) Writing Chapters #1 to #10,
  • (6) Revision
  • (7) etc.

Suddenly it seems very manageable. What I do then is to focus on the immediate phase and get it done to my best ability, without thinking about the other phases. When it’s done, I move on to the next.

2. Change Your Environment

Different environments have different impact on our productivity. Look at your work desk and your room. Do they make you want to work or do they make you want to snuggle and sleep? If it’s the latter, you should look into changing your workspace.

One thing to note is that an environment that makes us feel inspired before may lose its effect after a period of time. If that’s the case, then it’s time to change things around. Refer to Steps #2 and #3 of 13 Strategies To Jumpstart Your Productivity, which talks about revamping your environment and workspace.

3. Create a Detailed Timeline with Specific Deadlines

Having just 1 deadline for your work is like an invitation to procrastinate. That’s because we get the impression that we have time and keep pushing everything back, until it’s too late.

Break down your project (see tip #1), then create an overall timeline with specific deadlines for each small task. This way, you know you have to finish each task by a certain date. Your timelines must be robust, too – i.e. if you don’t finish this by today, it’s going to jeopardize everything else you have planned after that. This way it creates the urgency to act.

My goals are broken down into monthly, weekly, right down to the daily task lists, and the list is a call to action that I must accomplish this by the specified date, else my goals will be put off.

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Here’re more tips on setting deadlines: 22 Tips for Effective Deadlines

4. Eliminate Your Procrastination Pit-Stops

If you are procrastinating a little too much, maybe that’s because you make it easy to procrastinate.

Identify your browser bookmarks that take up a lot of your time and shift them into a separate folder that is less accessible. Disable the automatic notification option in your email client. Get rid of the distractions around you.

I know some people will out of the way and delete or deactivate their facebook accounts. I think it’s a little drastic and extreme as addressing procrastination is more about being conscious of our actions than counteracting via self-binding methods, but if you feel that’s what’s needed, go for it.

5. Hang out with People Who Inspire You to Take Action

I’m pretty sure if you spend just 10 minutes talking to Steve Jobs or Bill Gates, you’ll be more inspired to act than if you spent the 10 minutes doing nothing. The people we are with influence our behaviors. Of course spending time with Steve Jobs or Bill Gates every day is probably not a feasible method, but the principle applies — The Hidden Power of Every Single Person Around You

Identify the people, friends or colleagues who trigger you – most likely the go-getters and hard workers – and hang out with them more often. Soon you will inculcate their drive and spirit too.

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As a personal development blogger, I “hang out” with inspiring personal development experts by reading their blogs and corresponding with them regularly via email and social media. It’s communication via new media and it works all the same.

6. Get a Buddy

Having a companion makes the whole process much more fun. Ideally, your buddy should be someone who has his/her own set of goals. Both of you will hold each other accountable to your goals and plans. While it’s not necessary for both of you to have the same goals, it’ll be even better if that’s the case, so you can learn from each other.

I have a good friend whom I talk to regularly, and we always ask each other about our goals and progress in achieving those goals. Needless to say, it spurs us to keep taking action.

7. Tell Others About Your Goals

This serves the same function as #6, on a larger scale. Tell all your friends, colleagues, acquaintances and family about your projects. Now whenever you see them, they are bound to ask you about your status on those projects.

For example, sometimes I announce my projects on The Personal Excellence Blog, Twitter and Facebook, and my readers will ask me about them on an ongoing basis. It’s a great way to keep myself accountable to my plans.

8. Seek out Someone Who Has Already Achieved the Outcome

What is it you want to accomplish here, and who are the people who have accomplished this already? Go seek them out and connect with them. Seeing living proof that your goals are very well achievable if you take action is one of the best triggers for action.

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9. Re-Clarify Your Goals

If you have been procrastinating for an extended period of time, it might reflect a misalignment between what you want and what you are currently doing. Often times, we outgrow our goals as we discover more about ourselves, but we don’t change our goals to reflect that.

Get away from your work (a short vacation will be good, else just a weekend break or staycation will do too) and take some time to regroup yourself. What exactly do you want to achieve? What should you do to get there? What are the steps to take? Does your current work align with that? If not, what can you do about it?

10. Stop Over-Complicating Things

Are you waiting for a perfect time to do this? That maybe now is not the best time because of X, Y, Z reasons? Ditch that thought because there’s never a perfect time. If you keep waiting for one, you are never going to accomplish anything.

Perfectionism is one of the biggest reasons for procrastination. Read more about why perfectionist tendencies can be a bane than a boon: Why Being A Perfectionist May Not Be So Perfect.

11. Get a Grip and Just Do It

At the end, it boils down to taking action. You can do all the strategizing, planning and hypothesizing, but if you don’t take action, nothing’s going to happen. Occasionally, I get readers and clients who keep complaining about their situations but they still refuse to take action at the end of the day.

Reality check:

I have never heard anyone procrastinate their way to success before and I doubt it’s going to change in the near future.  Whatever it is you are procrastinating on, if you want to get it done, you need to get a grip on yourself and do it.

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