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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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Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Why Assuming Positive Intent Is an Amazing Productivity Driver

Assuming positive intent is an important contributor to quality of life.

Most people appreciate the dividends such a mindset produces in the realm of relationships. How can relationships flourish when you don’t assume intentions that may or may not be there? And how their partner can become an easier person to be around as a result of such a shift? Less appreciated in the GTD world, however, is the productivity aspect of this “assume positive intent” perspective.

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Most of us are guilty of letting our minds get distracted, our energy sapped, or our harmony compromised by thinking about what others woulda, coulda, shoulda.  How we got wronged by someone else.  How a friend could have been more respectful.  How a family member could have been less selfish.

However, once we evolve to understanding the folly of this mindset, we feel freer and we become more productive professionally due to the minimization of unhelpful, distracting thoughts.

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The leap happens when we realize two things:

  1. The self serving benefit from giving others the benefit of the doubt.
  2. The logic inherent in the assumption that others either have many things going on in their lives paving the way for misunderstandings.

Needless to say, this mindset does not mean that we ought to not confront people that are creating havoc in our world.  There are times when we need to call someone out for inflicting harm in our personal lives or the lives of others.

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Indra Nooyi, Chairman and CEO of Pepsi, says it best in an interview with Fortune magazine:

My father was an absolutely wonderful human being. From ecent emailhim I learned to always assume positive intent. Whatever anybody says or does, assume positive intent. You will be amazed at how your whole approach to a person or problem becomes very different. When you assume negative intent, you’re angry. If you take away that anger and assume positive intent, you will be amazed. Your emotional quotient goes up because you are no longer almost random in your response. You don’t get defensive. You don’t scream. You are trying to understand and listen because at your basic core you are saying, ‘Maybe they are saying something to me that I’m not hearing.’ So ‘assume positive intent’ has been a huge piece of advice for me.

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In business, sometimes in the heat of the moment, people say things. You can either misconstrue what they’re saying and assume they are trying to put you down, or you can say, ‘Wait a minute. Let me really get behind what they are saying to understand whether they’re reacting because they’re hurt, upset, confused, or they don’t understand what it is I’ve asked them to do.’ If you react from a negative perspective – because you didn’t like the way they reacted – then it just becomes two negatives fighting each other. But when you assume positive intent, I think often what happens is the other person says, ‘Hey, wait a minute, maybe I’m wrong in reacting the way I do because this person is really making an effort.

“Assume positive intent” is definitely a top quality of life’s best practice among the people I have met so far. The reasons are obvious. It will make you feel better, your relationships will thrive and it’s an approach more greatly aligned with reality.  But less understood is how such a shift in mindset brings your professional game to a different level.

Not only does such a shift make you more likable to your colleagues, but it also unleashes your talents further through a more focused, less distracted mind.

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