Sharing positivity shouldn’t be such a hard task. Sadly, people who think about making someone else happy are rare.

Why don’t you be the person who does something kind for others? Why don’t you be the reason someone smiles today?

We know very little about what others are going through, we might as well try to make their days more beautiful while we can.

I may not have learned many life lessons that I should have this far into adulthood but there’s one thing I have learned: Always take the time to make someone smile.

Take a look at some easy ways to make someone smile and some positive quotes you can share with people to brighten someone’s day.

“Be the reason someone smiles. Be the reason someone feels loved and believes in the goodness in people.” ― Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart

10 Simple Acts To Make Someone Smile:

1. Give them a genuine compliment

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Nothing beats getting a good old, genuine, personal compliment. Don’t just tell someone they are pretty or nice; dig deeper.

Take some fact that’s unique about them and turn it into a heartfelt, charming compliment.

If your friend has the most gracious, long fingers or incredibly thick and shiny hair, tell her that and show your admiration.

If someone at work is amazing at doing a certain kind of task, praise them for that, telling them no one else does it better.

Giving people compliments is the easiest way to make them smile. Even if someone is a tough cookie, they won’t be able to stop their lips from curving up into the sweetest, shyest smile.

2. Hold the door for someone

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This one is super simple. Still, we mostly decide to simply leave when someone is taking too long to approach the door.

Find a bit of patience inside you and stay there holding the door even if it takes an extra minute of your time.

We all make a great impact on the lives of others and sometimes even just by holding the door for them.

3. Reach out to someone from your past

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You can reach out to a person you knew at a young age, someone who changed your life for the better.

Was there a teacher who did an amazing job educating you? Send them a thank you note.

Write to them about how much you appreciated the hard work they did and all the ways they made your life better.

4. Call or text someone just to show them you’re thinking about them

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Give someone a quick call or send them a text just to check what they’re doing at that very moment. Let them know they are in your thoughts.

Nothing makes a person smile more than knowing someone out there is keeping them in their mind at all times, no matter how bad their day is going.

5. Share an umbrella on a rainy day

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It rains. You’re super happy that you didn’t forget your umbrella that day. You see a stranger nervous about having to go out in the rain. Share your umbrella with them.

Honestly, this is so easy to do and takes almost no effort at all.

6. Send someone a handwritten card telling them how much they mean to you

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A cute written note about how special and important someone is in your life is sure to make them smile.

You can include anything you’d like… A quote, an inside joke or whatever you think the person you’re sending the note to would appreciate.

7. Give up your seat for someone

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When it happens that you have a seat and someone is standing up, give them your seat without any apparent reason, just to make them smile.

The person doesn’t have to be old, pregnant or carrying a bunch of grocery bags.

8. Send someone an unexpected gift

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It doesn’t have to be a big, great gift.

Surprise your partner, sister or friend with flowers or chocolate or something more personal like a piece of wall art or a photo album with all the pics you have together.

Whether it’s something classic or something intimate for just the two of you, it will definitely make them so much happier than they were before getting the gift.

The best way to do it is unexpectedly, on a regular day when you have no obvious cause for giving them a gift such as a birthday or anniversary.

9. Leave a joke on someone’s answering machine

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Call your friend when you know they’re not home and leave a super funny joke on their answering machine. Start by saying: I heard something today and it just cracked me up: INSERT JOKE HERE.

It’s a nice way to let someone important to you know that you’re thinking of them and also share something funny.

10. Donate something to charity

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The most certain way that you’re going to make someone’s day is by donating something to charity. There should always be time for thinking about the less fortunate.

Do whatever you’re able to do; buy a meal for someone or donate some clothes or other stuff you don’t use.

The best way to make sure you’ll make someone smile is to donate your time and spend it with people who are in need.

Be The Reason Someone Smiles Today Quotes:

Take a look at this sweet collection of positive, funny, inspirational quotes you can send to your loved ones to make them feel happy and smile.

Motivational quotes about happiness:

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“Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don’t matter and those who matter don’t mind.” – Bernard Baruch

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” – Marcel Proust

“He who lives in harmony with himself lives in harmony with the universe.” – Marcus Aurelius

“The happiness of your life depends upon the quality of your thoughts.” – Marcus Aurelius

“Happiness is not a state to arrive at, but a manner of traveling.” – Margaret Lee Runbeck

“Happiness is a constant work-in-progress, because solving problems is a constant work-in-progress – the solutions to today’s problems will lay the foundation for tomorrow’s problems, and so on. True happiness occurs only when you find the problems you enjoy having and enjoy solving.” – Mark Manson

“There is no happiness like that of being loved by your fellow-creatures, and feeling that your presence is an addition to their comfort.” – Charlotte Brontë

“If you want happiness for an hour, take a nap. If you want happiness for a day, go fishing. If you want happiness for a month, get married. If you want happiness for a year, inherit a fortune. If you want happiness for a lifetime, help somebody else.” – Chinese proverb

“The only way to find true happiness is to risk being completely cut open.” – Chuck Palahniuk

Silly life quotes to make someone laugh:

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“The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits.” – Albert Einstein

“All the things I really like to do are either immoral, illegal or fattening.” – Alexander Woollcott

“War is God’s way of teaching Americans geography.” – Unknown

“It would be nice to spend billions on schools and roads, but right now that money is desperately needed for political ads.”– Andy Borowitz

“The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.” – Andy Rooney

“At every party there are two kinds of people – those who want to go home and those who don’t. The trouble is, they are usually married to each other.” – Ann Landers

“I don’t believe in astrology; I’m a Sagittarius and we’re skeptical.” – Arthur C. Clarke

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“My opinions may have changed, but not the fact that I’m right.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“To be sure of hitting the target, shoot first, and call whatever you hit the target.” – Ashleigh Brilliant

“Trouble knocked at the door, but, hearing laughter, hurried away.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Wine is constant proof that God loves us and loves to see us happy.” – Benjamin Franklin

“Have you noticed that all the people in favor of birth control are already born?” – Benny Hill

“Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.” – Bertrand Russell

“The universe is full of magical things patiently waiting for our wits to grow sharper.” – Eden Phillpotts

Maybe there’s a little truth in the theory that no good deed is selfless. I say this because, let’s be honest, by making someone smile, you sure are going to be happier yourself.

Why Don’t YOU Be The Reason Someone Smiles Today (With Quotes)