Have you ever felt lonely, unhappy or out of place? Even the happiest and most well adjusted of people can experience loneliness from time to time due to a variety of factors, so you are not alone. In honor of Cheer Up The Lonely Day, which always occurs July 11, take some time to put a smile on someone’s face and let them know you care. Whether it’s you feeling a bit down or someone else who needs cheering up, follow these tips and brighten someone’s day.
It may seem simple, but merely putting a smile on your face can drastically change your mood. It’s something we can easily forget in our everyday life, but having a positive outlook on things (and showing it physically) is an important step to combating loneliness and unhappiness. So when you start to feel those negative feelings, take a moment, think of something that makes you happy and simply smile. They say smiling is contagious, so it might just catch on.
Pick Up a Pet
It’s a proven fact: it’s extremely hard to feel lonely when cute pets abound. So ask a friend who has a dog if you can borrow their pup for a few hours, or the day, and take it for a walk or a run. Or, see if you can spend some time cuddling with their kitty. If you don’t know anyone with pets, head to your local Humane Society and play with the pets up for adoption. You never know, you may walk away with a new best friend.
It may not seem like it at first, but cleaning and organizing your apartment is a great way to pass the time and take your mind off your mood. It’s no secret that your surroundings can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself and your life, so put a little time and energy into improving your living space. While you are decluttering, you might find some things you can donate to local homeless shelters or animal rescue organizations, which may also improve your mood.
For Someone Else
Pay a Visit
The key here is to focus your energies on someone else to take yourself out of your loneliness and unhappiness, even for a moment. So if you know of someone in the hospital or a nursing home who might benefit from seeing a familiar face, take some time out of your busy day and plan a visit. Come armed with flowers or other small gifts as a nice gesture.
Send a Note
We’re not just talking about sending an email here. We're talking about sending a bonafide, handwritten letter, on fancy stationary and everything. Remember those? Sometimes all it takes is a few sentences to let someone who might be going through a difficult time know that you're thinking about them, and the message is even more effective when accompanied by a personalized note. Add a joke or an inspirational quote to bring a smile to someone's face.
If you have friends, family or community members that you know are going through loneliness or having a hard time, offer your services or help out where needed. Offer to baby-sit for the single mother so she can enjoy a night of pampering and relaxation. Cook a meal or mow the lawn for your friend who isn’t feeling up to the task. And the added benefit? Spending your time helping out others will improve your mood, too.
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