How to Brighten Someone's Day

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When you see someone you care about having one of those days where the sun can't penetrate their gray attitude, make it your mission to brighten their outlook and add a little sunshine to their life. It doesn't have to be a big gift, but gestures from the heart do wonders. Here are a few ideas; add a card, send with love and watch for the smiles to appear.

Things You'll Need

  • Friend in need
  • Chocolate
  • Good luck charms
  • Gossip tabloids
  • Humorous knickknacks and gifts
  • Comfort food
  • Spa treatment
  • If the circumstances are not too desperate--say a botched haircut or a date disaster--try chocolate, the universal elixir. The bars from www.bloomsberry.com say things on them like "Chocolate makes it all bearable" or "Magic fairy chocolate." Or try their "Emergency Chocolate." Place it in a glass candy jar with a note reading, "Break in case of emergency."

  • If chocolate doesn't do the trick, it's time to bring out the big guns--spa treatments! Try to meet your pal for a lunchtime treatment, but a good alternative is to come over with a pumpkin mask from The Body Shop (www.thebodyshop.com) and create your own spa experience.

  • Add a guilty pleasure item like a stack of tabloid magazines. The celebs seem to have way more problems than us regular folks. Their troubles and fashion faux pas should distract from whatever ails your friend.

  • Good luck and fortune are will turn the beat around. Grab a copy of the "Good Luck Book" for lucky charm ideas that go beyond a rabbit's foot. Or nab some good luck bling, like a wishbone necklace, from Red Envelope (www.redenvelope.com).

  • Find the humor in it all. Figure out why your friend is bummed out, then help them laugh at it:
    •Work-related: http://www.officeplayground.com/bosstoss.html
    •Boyfriend related: http://wishingfish.com/manpunchbag.html
    •Girlfriend-related: http://www.wickedcoolstuff.com/gryobalegobo.html
    •Illness or Injury-related: http://www.wishingfish.com/mrhappy.html

  • Send some comfort food like mac and cheese or cookies and ice cream to your friend's workplace, school or home.

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