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101 Ways to Make Someone Smile: Simple Ways to Make Your Day Happier

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“Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.”

Les Brown

A smile is the universal language of happiness.

It can make someone’s day, brighten their mood, and make them feel good.

The health benefits of a genuine smile are well documented.

You might even be surprised to learn that it can help you regulate your blood pressure.

It can help you feel more relaxed, relieve stress, and alleviate pain.

“Your smile brightens the lives of all who see it. To someone who has seen a dozen people frown, scowl or turn their faces away, your smile is like the sun breaking through the clouds.”

Dale Carnegie

In fact, smiling (and generally feeling good) regularly benefits your health by allowing your muscles to relax, then regulating your blood pressure and heart rate.

Moreover, it can boost your immunity, preventing a host of diseases.

A 2009 study proves this.

In addition to its health benefits, smiling has also been recognized as one of the simplest ways to brighten your day.

Have you ever noticed how smiling people seem to bring happiness to others?

In general, it strengthens your relationships with others.

“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.”

Connie Stevens

Additionally, it enhances the natural sensation of joy, no matter how you are feeling currently.

If you’re looking for ways to make someone smile, look no further!

From small things like saying “hello” or holding the door open for someone, to bigger things like volunteering or sending a handwritten card, these simple, random acts of kindness will help make someone’s day a little bit brighter.

In this blog post, we have compiled 101 fun and easy ways to bring happiness into your day and make someone smile.

We hope you enjoy this list and that it inspires you to go out and make someone smile!

“A smile puts you on the right track. A smile makes the world a beautiful place. When you lose your smile, you lose your way in the chaos of life.”

Roy T. Bennett

1. Surprise a friend by showing up unannounced at their workplace and offer to take them out to lunch.

2. If you like what a friend or work colleague is wearing, give them a genuine compliment. Follow this up with why you like the outfit so much.

3. Bake a cake or cookies and anonymously leave them on someone’s porch.

4. Send someone a message to let them know you miss them.

5. Send flowers to your partner at work with a note that says “Life is more beautiful because of you”.

6. Help a struggling family anonymously by sending them a shopping basket filled with groceries.

7. If someone you know has a dog or cat make some cookies shaped like their pet and write the pet’s name on the treats.

8. Let a friend know how much you appreciate their friendship by sending them a message with 10 things you like about them.

“Sometimes, your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

10. Write a funny story and leave it on a friend’s answering machine.

11. Make someone’s day by sending a singing telegram to them if they are feeling down.

12. Find out what someone does in their spare time and join them!

smiling woman

13. Put some colorful sticky notes with messages like “You’re Awesome” or “You’re amazing” in someone’s pockets when they aren’t looking.

14. If you see a friend’s car in the parking lot make a giant sticker out of masking tape that says “I (heart symbol) this car” sign on it with an arrow pointing at their car.

15. Put some silly notes about why you love your partner in their suitcase before they go on a trip.

16. If you make really good cookies make some for your partner and make heart shapes with the frosting on top of them or with messages on top of them like ‘you make me happy’ or ‘I love you’.

“A simple smile. That’s the start of opening your heart and being compassionate to others.”

Dalai Lama

17. Make up some questions about your partner and make it look like a survey, post it everywhere (on social media sites, etc.) and make sure to answer all the questions yourself.

18. Tell your partner they’re always on your mind, and that their smile is infectious!

19. Surprise your partner by cooking a meal one night, especially if they normally prepare the meals.

20. Gift a homeless person a gift card to a grocery store, or give them a food hamper.

20. Make a list in your handwriting of why you love your partner and make it into a handmade book for them to read when they’re having a bad day.

“Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

Mother Teresa

21. Send a handwritten message of encouragement to someone who you know is struggling.

22. Go around the office/classroom/wherever you are and make ‘get well’ cards for someone who is sick or having a bad day.

23. Make your partner feel special by lighting candles throughout the house.

24. On a hot summer day, make your partner some reuseable ice cubes adorned with stickers and little notes!

25. Make a collage of pictures of you and your friend who is struggling, and send it to them.

“It only takes a split second to smile and forget, yet to someone that needed it, it can last a lifetime.”

Steve Maraboli

26. Make someone’s day by surprising them with an unconventional, unexpected gift such as flowers or a takeaway.

27. Leave your partner’s favorite candy bar in the fridge, but make it look like someone ate half of it already!

28. Make a list/draw pictures of a friend’s favorite things/ make a scrapbook of pictures from your time together.

29. Mail someone a letter from their future self telling them all the great things that are going to happen to them in the next couple of years.

30. Text somone to let them know that you were thinking about them the other day.

31. Make some colorful sticky notes that say things like ‘You are a wonderful part of my life.’ or ‘My life would not be the same without you.’ and post them all around the house.

32. Put a big piece of paper across the back of a work colleague’s chair and write “free hugs” on it. When they turn around you can be there with your arms out waiting for a hug.

“Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been.”

Mark Twain

33. If you make cupcakes, mix and match your partner’s favorite colors and flavors for the cake and frosting!”

34. Use a picture of you both to make a customized greeting card and mail it to them, letting them know what a good friend they are.

35. Make your parents happy by giving them a surprise gift without any reason.

36 While you’re out shopping, call up a friend to ask if they need anything.

37. Tell your partner how much they mean to you in French or Spanish! (if you don’t know either language, Google Translate is your friend.)

38. Make your child’s day by telling them you’re proud of them.

39. If there are no seats left on the train, offer your seat to someone else.

40. If someone is walking behind you, hold the door open for them.

“It takes a lot of energy to be negative. You have to work at it. But smiling is painless. I’d rather spend my energy smiling.”

Eric Davis

41. Tell your partner they’re always on your mind, and that their smile is infectious!

42. Make someone feel good by anonymously donating to a charity in their name.

43. Meditate with a friend for 15 minutes.

3 kids meditating

44. Make some delicious homemade cookies and give them to your postman.

45. Leave a kind note on the windshield of a stranger’s car, or buy them coffee without telling them who you are.

46. Write someone a handwritten letter expressing your gratitude for them being in your life.

47. Make take a picture of them and then build a YouTube video around it using the music that makes them smile, add some text to the screen that says “Smile!” and send it to them!

48. Send them an anonymous gift certificate to their favorite store.

49. Offer to help someone carry groceries or bags from the store.

50. Make your friend’s birthday special by taking them out to eat or doing something fun they wouldn’t normally get to do.

“If you’re not using your smile, you’re like a man with a million dollars in the bank and no checkbook.”

Les Giblin

51. Send a surprise phone call to your work partner to let them know you’re thinking of them.

52. Make a drawing of the moment you first met and put it in their pocket.

53. Write “I love you” on a banana peel and leave it near where they sit at lunch.

54. Get a bunch of sticky notes and make a note to them that they’ll find when they wake up tomorrow morning saying something nice.

55. If there is a car behind you at a toll gate, pay the car’s toll fee.

“Making one person smile can change the world. Maybe not the whole world, but their world.”

56. Give them an empty paper plate with some confetti that says “I’m always thinking of you!” on top of it.

57. Sing them their favorite song through the door!

58. Prepare or order a meal for a sick friend and deliver it to their home.

59. Tell a friend they’re your favorite person to talk to in the world, and ask if they want to get pizza or ice cream together.  

60. Play a duet with yourself on the guitar outside their window while singing “I can’t live without you.”

“A smile is a facelift that’s in everyone’s price range!”

Tom Wilson

61. Try to make something from cardboard, make it make a box and make fun things come out of it when they open it.

62. Make them a poster on moonpig.com featuring them and the cast of their favorite TV show or sports team.

63. Find out what a friend does in their spare time and join them!

64. Try writing down your favorite memories of times you spent with a friend on a piece of paper and mail it to them.

65. Put together a playlist on iTunes or Spotify featuring their favorite artists and songs.

686. If you know what animal your partner likes the most, draw them a picture of that with a “I love you” message.

67. Draw a picture of yourself and your friend as kids, or as children! You can write on the back “Remember when we were this small?” and make it in a frame and put it in their room.

68. Add a sticky note to your child’s lunchbox that tells them you love them or are thinking about them.

69. Make a ball out of different pieces of paper and write different things you like about a person. Have them pick at random a piece to read.

70. Try to find out their favorite food and then eat it together!

Keep smiling, because life is a beautiful thing and there’s so much to smile about.”

Marilyn Monroe

71. Spend quality time with a friend by going for a walk, taking a bike ride, going to the movies, cooking a meal together, or simply hanging out and talking.

Friends jogging in the park

72. Join a friend in volunteering at an animal shelter, a hospital, a school, or for special events.

73. Leave a bunch of balloons with a note attached that says “You’re Awesome” on someone’s doorstep.

74. Buy coffee for the person behind you in line at Starbucks.

75.  Shovel your neighbor’s driveway or sidewalk without being asked.

76. Write a random act of kindness on a sticky note and leave it where someone will find it (elevator, car windshield, etc.).

77. Send flowers to someone you don’t know with an anonymous card that simply says “You’re Beautiful.”

78. Write a positive review for a local business you like on Yelp, Google, or any other site that allows company reviews.

79. Purchase a small gift for someone and leave it anonymously somewhere where they’re sure to find it (a park, their office, etc.)

“Always wear a smile sometime during the day, it makes you feel happier and younger.”

Kylie Bax

80. Sew a little surprise into one of their coats or sweaters – like a $5 bill, some Hershey’s Kisses, etc.

81. Do something nice for their pet, like taking it for a walk or buying it some new toys.

83. Offer to watch a friend’s kids for an afternoon so they can get some peace and quiet.

83. Make a list of all the things they’ve done for you that you’re grateful for.

84. Tell someone an interesting story about yourself or one of your experiences.

85. Offer to do something for them that’s usually hard or time-consuming, like cleaning their car or doing the grocery shopping for them just because it will make THEM happy!.

86. Compliment someone on something they did well.         

87. Come up with a short and funny poem for your partner.                   

88. Make a call to someone unexpectedly first thing in the morning and wish them a good day.

“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”

Thich Nhat Hanh

89. After a long day of work, massage your partner’s feet to help them relax. Don’t worry about how good you are at it.

90. Make them a photo album or scrapbook of your favorite memories together.

91 Help someone by teaching them something you know how to do.

“Smiling can be infectious in a workplace to help reduce stress, to help teamwork, to defuse high-pressure situations. The more you smile, the more people will smile back.”

Byron Pulsifer

92. Let a friend tell you their dreams and help them realize them.

93. Let someone go before you in line.

94 Call someone you haven’t talked to in a while.

95. Send someone a note stating, “You are worth much more than you can imagine.”

96. Give a genuine compliment to a friend or colleague. Tell them something you appreciate about them – their intelligence, their sense of humor, their beauty, etc.

97. Call a friend and leave a voicemail pretending to be their favorite singer telling them how much you love them and want to meet up with them.

98. One morning, treat your work colleagues to breakfast.

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.”

William Arthur Ward

99. Make your waiter or waitress feel special by leaving an unexpectedly large tip.

100. Send an inspirational book to someone. Their life could be transformed by reading your book, and they will think of you every time they read it.

101. Throughout the day, be grateful for everyone’s support by saying thank you to them. You may come in contact with dozens of people throughout the day. Think of family members, coworkers, secretaries, teachers, Sunday school teachers, pastors, store employees, janitors, gas station attendants, the people who deliver your mail and newspaper, and servers in restaurants.

Here are some interesting facts about smiling

  • Did you know that smiling only requires 17 muscles whereas frowning requires 43.
  • You could smile instead of frowning and save yourself a lot of energy.
  • The power of a smile cannot be overstated.

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.”

Roy T. Bennett

Here are five more reasons to smile.

1. Keeping a smile on your face makes the world a happier and more positive place.

2. When we smile, serotonin, dopamine, oxytocin, and endorphins are released, which boosts our mood.

3. Smiling is innate in all of us. No one can teach us how to smile.

4. When someone is having a bad day, seeing a friendly face can make all the difference.

5. In most cultures, a smile is associated with pleasantness, attractiveness, sociability, sincerity, competence, and sincerity.

6. There is no sign of happiness that is more universal than a smile, and it’s contagious.

7. Seeing someone smile puts you in a good mood – even if you’re not the one who’s being smiled at!

Plus, it just makes the world a more pleasant place to live in! 🙂

“A smile is so sexy, yet so warm. When someone genuinely smiles at you, it’s the greatest feeling in the world.”

Mandy Moore


The happiness in this world starts with you being happy.

If we all make an effort to do small things that bring happiness, then everyone will benefit from our kindness and goodwill towards others.

This means more smiles on faces everywhere; so let’s do our bit to make the world a better place today!

“Never underestimate the importance of having a person in your life who can always make you smile.”

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