How to make someone smile again (with pictures)

How to make someone smile again (with pictures)
How to make someone smile again (with pictures)

Everyone gets the blues from time to time. To make someone smile again, you need to take the time to listen to them, empathize with their situation, and help them take a step back. If you want to teach someone how to cheer someone up, there are some easy ways you can help them overcome their sadness and find happiness again.


Part 1 of 3: listen and empathize

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Step 1. Listen to him (her)

Often times, sad or stressed people are not looking for an answer, they just want someone to listen to them and give them the opportunity to say what is on their mind. Do you know why he is sad? Does he seem to want to share his feelings with you? Take a chair, smile, and give him a shoulder he can cry on. Give him advice if you think it can help, but the most important thing is to give him the opportunity to express what he is feeling.

  • Never interrupt him in the middle of his story. Unless he's taking a break and you understand that you can make a comment, keep them to yourself. Otherwise, you might look rude and it will feel even worse.
  • Be genuinely interested in his problem, even if you don't care or understand it. The more you care about it the more you will seem to care about it, isn't that the heart of the matter? People want others to care about them and show interest in their successes. Try to make him understand that.
  • Don't make him think he's embarrassing you. Most of the time, people are reluctant to trust others and talk to them about their problems because they don't want the person listening to them to feel responsible. If necessary, reassure him by telling him that you are happy to listen to him and that you are happy to offer him your advice.
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Step 2. Ask relevant questions

There is no better way to get involved in the conversation than to ask questions, especially questions related to how he is feeling. However, it is important that you ask relevant questions. If you ask him questions that are unrelated to the problem, he will feel confused, you will discourage him, and he will not open up.

  • Here are some great questions you could ask her if you want to put her smile back on her face. Hopefully, this will motivate him to talk to you about how he feels and help him say what's on his mind.

    • "How do you feel about this?" "
    • "Has this ever happened to you in the past?" "
    • "Is there anyone in particular you could talk to for advice?" "
    • "What do you think you will do when the time comes to act?" "
    • "Can I help you in any way (prepare to help him)? "
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Step 3. Make a connection between you and him

Don't be the center of attention during the conversation, but offer him a story or experience similar to his that you had if you think it might help. Any lesson you learned from it could be useful, although in the end it will not relate to the current situation.

To build rapport with someone, how you say things is more important than what you say. If someone tells you that their father has just found out that he has cancer, it won't really help to say, “If this can make you feel better, my grandfather also recently found out that 'he has cancer. Instead, try saying, "I know this is devastating news." My grandfather also found out that he has cancer earlier this year and I had a hard time dealing with the news. I can only imagine the pain you are feeling right now. "

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Step 4. After listening to him, give him advice if he wants to

After you figure out what the problem is, take some time to consider what is the best thing to do from there. Share your idea with him (her). If you don't, be honest with yourself and with him and make sure you don't lie to him. Introduce him to someone who might have a better solution to the problem he encountered.

  • Remember that there is rarely only one perfect solution to a problem. Make sure to offer the person you are meeting one option and let them know that they have more than one. You can do this for example by using words like "maybe", "could", etc. That way, he won't feel guilty if he doesn't follow your advice.
  • Try to be honest too. The worst thing you can do to someone in this fragile state is lie to them. If you are discussing matters that have serious consequences, try to tell them the truth, even if they are hurting them. However, if your friend asks you for advice about her boyfriend who just broke up, you can insult him even if he is right. In this case, it is more important to cheer him up than to tell him the truth.
  • Be careful with unsolicited advice or advice that you have not been asked for. The other person might not want it and if they follow it up and fail (even though it's not your fault), they might hold you accountable.
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Step 5. Talk to each other face to face

While modern technology makes life easier, it can also make things more difficult. It can be tempting to want to text your friend a friendly message, but that probably won't help. You better show him in person that you care. Since everyone spends a good part of their life behind a screen these days, face-to-face meetings have become more important.

Postal letters also become more romantic, it shows that you really care about each other. Electronic cards can do the trick, but if you want to send a really nice message, send them a card in the mail instead. This is definitely something he is not going to expect

Part 2 of 3: Give gestures of kindness

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Step 1. Give her a gift

Can you remember a time when someone gave you a gift without it being obligatory? What emotions did you feel? A gift you give someone can brighten their day and help them understand that the gesture matters more than the gift itself.

  • A gift doesn't have to cost you a lot of money or even be a physical item to have an impact. Bring this person to your secret corner and show them how to fold an origami in the shape of a crane. Small gestures like this are often more important than anything you can buy in a store.
  • Give her something old that is close to your heart. An ancient heirloom or memory has emotional significance because you have kept it with you for a long time and you cherish it. It's a symbolic message that shows that life goes on, even when it doesn't seem possible to you.
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Step 2. Try to make him smile

Make him smile by reminding him how much you care for him and smile too. If you know this isn't going to be a problem for her, you could try tickling her too!

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Step 3. Make him / her laugh

Jokes and funny stories are great for breaking the ice after discussing the issue for a long time. You don't have to come up with a hilarious joke, but if you say it at the right time, it could have an incredible effect.

Don't be afraid to laugh at yourself. It will be difficult to make fun of a depressed person, but it will be very easy to make fun of yourself. Tell a story where you embarrassed yourself, did something stupid, or found yourself trapped in a situation that was beyond you. Your friend will appreciate your humor

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Step 4. Surprise him

Gifts for Christmas, birthdays, Valentine's Day and other occasions are nothing fancy. However, if you give a gift to someone who isn't expecting it at all, it's going to be magical. When you don't expect it, the freebies always matter more.

Ask yourself what this person likes most in the world and try to come up with a suitable surprise. She might like to eat, which is why you might surprise her with dinner or cooking lessons. Maybe she likes movies and musicals, surprise her by inviting her to the movies or offering her tickets

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Step 5. Try to make him think of something else

Now that you've listened, offered your advice, and been kind, try to make sure her issues don't continue to depress her. Don't say “okay now, blah blah” or “come on, stop thinking about it, it's not that bad”, because it will ruin all the effort you just put in. Instead, try to take time to figure it out, then try saying, “Do you want to hear a funny story? To see how he reacts.

Use your social skills to find out how he feels. If your friend is crying, now is not a good time to ask them if they want to know how your day went. If he just had a fight with his mother and he seems to have calmed down, watch him. Try to make him smile at the right time

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Step 6. Change the environment

More often than not, we take in clues from our surroundings and let them determine our mood. If you want to make someone smile again, take them somewhere else! Different stimuli will encourage him to think different thoughts and even better, new ways of thinking.

It doesn't have to be in a club or bar. Going out in these kinds of places is not always the answer. Even a walk in a dog park near his home might bombard him with enough images of cute dogs that he might start to think of something else. Whatever you can think of to distract your friend, do it. It's good for him, even if he wants to stay in his pajamas

Part 3 of 3: Do your part

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Step 1. Give him a hug if he doesn't mind

Some people might reject you when they feel upset, but that's okay. You could make his day more beautiful by hugging him.

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Step 2. Play to your strengths

Even if you don't realize it, there's bound to be one area you're good at. Whatever it is, use it to make your friend smile again. Do you know how to prepare delicious lasagna? It's great, it's time for dinner somewhere in the world. Can you recite jokes like puns? Can you paint a cabin on the side of a fantastic mountain? Excellent. These are skills that can make others happy.

Use your creativity and finesse to cheer him up. Sing him a song. Go for a walk together. Force him to hug your kitten. What is the thing you do best? Now is the time to use it

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Step 3. Be optimistic

Look at life on the bright side. Focus on the glass that is half full, not half empty. Optimism is a state of mind and it can be contagious if you use it the right way. Be on the lookout for interesting, exciting, or fun opportunities that your friend might have overlooked while too busy depressing.

  • There is always a silver lining to any situation. We often ignore it, but there usually is. Here are several ways to look at common problems in a more positive light.

    • “My partner broke up with me”: “Don't worry about someone who doesn't give you enough importance. He doesn't understand how special you are and he probably doesn't deserve you. There are a lot of other people in the world who are going to see it. "
    • “One of my relatives has passed away”: “Death is a natural by-product of life. Even if you can't bring him back, you can rejoice in how he changed your life and maybe how you changed his. Be grateful for the time you have spent together. "
    • “I lost my job”: “your job is an important reflection of who you are, but it doesn't do everything. Reflect on the lessons you've learned at your job and try to find ways to apply them to your new job. To find work, you have to put in more effort than others. Be motivated to show your employers that you are more qualified than anyone else. "
    • "I lack self-confidence": "you have so many qualities that should stimulate your confidence. Everyone has strengths and weaknesses, which is what makes us unique and beautiful. I love you as you are. I don't see any reason why you can't be as confident as everyone else. "
    • “I don't know what's wrong, I don't feel well”: “it's normal to be blunt. Happy times darken sad times even more. Don't force yourself if you don't want to, but think about how lucky you have compared to other people. It always happens to cheer me up. "
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Step 4. Don't be sad yourself

If your spirits are low, how are you going to uplift your friend? Try to find a good balance between caring about him (you want him to know that you are unhappy to see him unhappy) and being optimistic (you want to show him that he can see life on the bright side). It takes a lot of work and could be emotionally tiring, but your friend is worth it, right?

  • Help him and do as much as possible for him, so that he knows someone cares about him. It will improve your confidence between the two of you. He knows he can count on you. Always do it with a smile.
  • Suggest that he take his mind off things with an activity, such as going to a movie, going for a hike, going for a swim or playing a game. If he doesn't want to be disturbed, leave him alone, you won't can't help people who don't want to help themselves. Be happy, show your support, and be available in case they want to talk about it or forget it.
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Step 5. Realize that sometimes people need to feel sad

There are people in the world who will benefit from a sad day more than others, for these people, it gives them time to think, to analyze their life and to recharge their batteries. Your friend may need to recover his strength before relaunching himself. If he asks you, respect his choice. It's not your job to cheer him up. Over time, it will get there on its own.

There will also be times when people must be sad. It doesn't make sense to expect a girl who lost her father three months ago to radiate happiness all at once. Everyone is different and the duration of everyone's grief is as unique as their fingerprints. If your friend is still saddened by something, the only thing you can do is stick with them. It is worth all the words in the world


  • Take him (her) in your arms! First make sure he doesn't mind. You will anger him even more by hugging him if he doesn't want to.
  • Tell him a funny story or watch a funny video.
  • Write him a kind letter or card reminding him that he is an amazing friend and that you love and care for him.
  • Here are some gift ideas:

    • a scented candle against stress;
    • chocolate (if he is not allergic to it);
    • a parody of a certificate for one of his "achievements" (for example, after a breakup, a certificate for "the most tearful story of the year" only if he is able to take it well, everyone could do not take it well, especially if the situation is serious).

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