How to Gain a Fresh Perspective +
25 EASY Ways to Make Someone Smile

How to Gain a Fresh Perspective + 25 Ways to Make Someone SmilePerspective

I’ll be the first to admit that I need to get outside of myself more often. My plate is always full, and overwhelmed is a feeling I’ve grown accustomed to. It’s easy to get wrapped-up in the 473 million things I need to do.

The thing is, when I do focus my attention on things other than myself, I feel lighter. By helping someone else I gain clarity & a renewed sense of vigor. Which I’m then able to apply to the 473 million things on my To-Do List.

When we’ve reached our capacity & we’re nearing a breaking point, we lose a “healthy” perspective. This is the perfect time to take a break from ourselves & our own stuff, to focus on someone else for a change.

When we help someone, we also get some pretty awesome benefits. Afterward, our dopamine levels {the “feel-good” hormone} are naturally increased. So we’re feeling great simply because we’ve just helped someone. We’ve also had time away from our own issues. These things combined lend themselves to a fresh new perspective. We’ll be well-equipped to return & face our own issues again. See? Simple but effective!

To help you get started, here are:

25 EASY Ways to Make Someone Smile

  1. Flash a big ‘ol smile!
  2. Say “Hi!”
  3. Be positive!
  4. Hold a door open for someone {e.g. elevator doors, car doors}.
  5. Offer to carry something for someone.
  6. Ask questions and take a genuine interest in another person. Allow your curiosity to lead.
  7. Be a good listener. No checking your phone.
  8. Pay it backwards… In a drive-thru, pay for the car behind you too!
  9. Pick someone a flower {even a dandelion}.
  10. Bring someone his or her favorite drink or candy.
  11. Send a random sweet or funny text, just because.
  12. Leave someone a sweet/funny note on his or her car; on the bathroom mirror; on the fridge, etc.
  13. Share something that you’ve always admired about a person, with that person.
  14. I like the way you __________.
  15. Point out something someone did right.
  16. Pull out someone’s chair.
  17. Tell someone that he or she is doing a great job at being a parent, sister, uncle, etc. ICING ON THE CAKE: Include why you think so.
  18. Lighten your spouse’s load by offering to do one or two things on his or her To-Do List.
  19. Acknowledge something someone’s worked hard to improve upon… Ex. Hey, I can really tell you’ve worked hard on ______. Way to go!
  20. Offer to help someone out. Maybe it’s a friend who’s moving or maybe it’s simply someone at the store who can’t reach the top shelf.
  21. Compliment someone’s appearance or a personality trait. {e.g. outfit, hair, warm & compassionate}
  22. Compliment someone on something they’re good at. {e.g. You’re a great public speaker. You’re relaxed & you keep the audience engaged.}
  23. Put a little extra into your next text conversation, add appropriate {or inappropriate} emojis.
  24. Offer words of encouragement, strength, & hope.
  25. Be empathetic & compassionate.


» For more easy ideas read: 15 Simple Ways to Cultivate Gratitude

Krista-Lee-Pfeiffer :: Blogger & Creator of The Sunny Shadow

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