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15 Ways to Bring Joy into Someone’s Life Today

ways to brighten someone's day


It’s said that happiness only increases when shared. There truly is a sense of joy when joy is shared with others. As Virginia Woolf once wrote, “Pleasure has no relish unless we share it.” 

We couldn’t agree more. Want to really make the world a better place? Consider the following ways you can bring joy into someone’s life today. 

15 Simple Ways to Bring Joy into Someone’s Life Today

1. Smile

The next time you pass a stranger, consider giving them a smile. Smiling not only releases “feel good” chemicals in the brain but also spurs an automatic, unconscious response in others to smile back. Ultimately this creates a feedback loop where everyone involved experiences increased feelings of happiness and joy. 

2. Compliment Someone

If you’ve ever received a compliment, you know how good it makes you feel. Next time you’re out, offer a compliment to someone. Maybe you tell them something as simple as how much you like their earrings or shirt. A little compliment can go a long way and brighten someone else’s day. 

3. Praise People for What They’re Doing Right

People tend to hear more about what they’re doing wrong than what they’re doing right. Offer your praises when someone does something right. They’ll be thrilled that someone took notice. 


4. Give a Friend Some Flowers Just Because

We all know how nice it is to receive flowers. Want to really bring joy into someone’s life? Surprise them with a bouquet of flowers for no reason at all and watch their face light up with unbridled joy. 


5. Write a Handwritten Thank-You Note

Everyone enjoys when someone goes out of their way to thank them for something. A handwritten thank-you note takes saying “thank you” one step further. The next time you consider thanking someone, take the time to write them a handwritten note to express your gratitude. 

6. Bake Someone Cookies

Love it when someone gives you some freshly baked cookies? Us too. You can bring some immediate joy into someone’s life with something as simple as a half-dozen homemade cookies. 

7. Send a Message When Someone Is Sick

Feeling under the weather is never fun, but it sure can feel better when someone reaches out to see how you’re doing. Next time someone you know is sick, send them a quick message to let them know you’re thinking about them. 

8. Give a Small Gift

While it’s true that giving a gift sparks just as much joy as receiving one, think of how good it feels when you receive a small gift from someone else. It’s nice to know that someone was thinking of you and went out of their way to make you feel your best. Don’t underestimate the power of a small gift to make someone’s day. 

9. Say Thank You

Gratitude goes a long way toward bringing joy into the lives of others. Did you know that gratitude is linked to increased happiness? Simply saying “thank you” to someone for something they did can increase their joy and make them feel good.  

10. Share Music With Your Friends 

Recently discover a song on Spotify that you know one of your friends will love? Share it with them! Research shows that music can invoke positive emotional states, and we all know how good it feels to listen to music we love.  

11. Reach Out When Someone Is Struggling

When you know someone is going through a difficult time, reach out with a phone call or text and simply let them know you’re thinking about them. Even though it might not lessen the struggle they’re experiencing, it can produce a sense of comfort and joy they might desperately need at that time. 

12. Initiate a Conversation with a Stranger

Sometimes it’s the simplest, smallest conversations that spark joy. Try initiating a conversation with a stranger, even if you’re just perusing produce at the farmer’s market. You never know, you just might make someone’s day. 

13. Offer to Do Something for Someone Else

Know of a neighbor that might need an extra hand? Offer your help. Whether it's taking their dog out for a walk or picking up something for them at the store, offering to do something for someone else (even if they don’t accept your offer for help) can go far in instilling a sense of joy. 

14. Offer Encouragement to Someone Who Needs It

We’ve all experienced times when we could use a little encouragement, even if it’s as simple as hearing someone else has been in our shoes before. If you know someone who’s going through a rough time or could use a little inspiration, offering encouragement can really help. 

15. Let Someone Go in Front of You in Line

Have you ever had someone let you merge ahead of them in traffic or let you go in front of them when you only have a few items at the grocery store and they have a full cart? Feels pretty good, right? Next time you’re given the opportunity, let someone go in front of you in line. Even if they don’t express their joy outright, you can almost bet you made them feel good.  

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