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When your friend or coworker is having a bad day, it’s hard to know how to help. Your gut may be to send a meaningful text message or give them a hug, and while that can always make a friend smile, there are actual science-backed ways to help turn someone’s day around! For example, if your coworker is feeling flustered, you can offer to go on a walk with them to make them feel better! Light exercise releases endorphins, which helps calm people down!
Or, you can order them something yellow, like flowers, which is associated with optimism and positivity. In fact, just wearing yellow can brighten anyone’s mood! Of course, in the end, just being there to embrace a bad day with a friend can be meaningful enough. You can still enjoy chocolate or a funny video together, and know that tomorrow will be better!
1. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Giving Them Yellow
Yes, yellow solves all the things and has been known to affect your state of mind.
If you think of all the things in nature that are yellow, they are usually associated with things that make you happy. Things like the sun, yellow flowers, banana’s, chicks, and lemons. These are things that when you look at them, you really cannot help but smile.
So, when your friend is having a bad day, you could get them something super awesome like these items… or you could get them a vase full of poofy yellow flowers. Like Marigolds, Carnations, Chrysanthemum’s, Craspedia, or Zinnia’s.
And, who doesn’t love poofy yellow flowers? It just makes a person happy!
2. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Giving Them Chocolate Covered Strawberries
There is nothing in this world better than chocolate. But, sometimes, you want something more special – like a chocolate covered strawberries. Yes, chocolate covered strawberries are amazing, and I have a personal soft spot for dark chocolate.
You can make your own, but that’s a lot of hassle. I’ve tried it, and if you’re like me, and not an aficionado in the kitchen – more like the person who the fire department has very politely – but firmly told to stop trying to cook – it might be easier to just try these from Shari’s Berries.
Bonus points for when your friend who is having a really bad day comes to her desk, and finds this super awesome gift.
I’m telling you, if that doesn’t make them feel better NOTHING will.
3. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Bringing Them Coffee
One of the greatest things to do in the world is to bring someone a cup of coffee. Coffee is almost as great as chocolate. Maybe bring coffee that includes chocolate in a yellow cup! Ok, that’s a little too much…
But, it’s also a nice thing to do. Bonus – you also get to have an extra perk of the super delicious smell of coffee!
4. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Leaving A Random Positive Note
When you sit at your desk there is nothing better than to see a note on your desk that says: “You got this,” or “Have a great day!” I have to admit it is a great way to brighten someone’s day – especially if you know your friend or coworker is headed for a pretty rough day or week.
Seriously, when you have just given someone a positive note, it really does make them feel a lot better about their life. It acknowledges that someone is paying attention to your friend, and that you’re reaching out to them in a positive way.
Hooray for happy notes!
5. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Giving Them A Hug
Erm, this is for those of us who are touchy feely. I get that some people are not big on being touched, and that’s cool. But, for those who sometimes just sit there and need a hug, you can take comfort in the fact that you can just give a person a hug.
A gentle hug can actually provide some great health benefits. Stacey Colino, wrote about the Health Benefits of Huggings for the USNews.
Here, she explains, “On the mood front, oxytocin is known to increase levels of feel-good hormones such as serotonin and dopamine, which may be why it has calming effects. “It reduces depression and anxiety, and it may have an effect on attentional disorders,” Field says. In fact, a 2010 study from Ohio State University found that when socially-housed animals were treated with a pharmacological agent that inhibited oxytocin signaling, they exhibited an increase in depressive-like behavior.”
6. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Having A Picnic Outside
If you have a friend or coworker who has had a really bad day, maybe invite them to lunch, but outside.
Let’s be frank. Going outside has it’s advantages, and you don’t need me to tell you that being outside in the sun is so invigorating. The sun makes a person happy, probably because it’s yellow (see what I did there?) and you get Vitamin D.
Additionally, you get to embrace the idea that it’s calming to be outside – well at least when it’s warm outside. Plus, you get to see the pretty flowers and the trees, and breath in the clean air.
Plus, it destresses and helps lower anxiety and depression. Hooray for going outside!
7. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Going On A Shopping Spree
I’m not big on consumerism, but sometimes retail therapy helps immensely. Take your friend to your favorite shopping place and have at it. It gives you time to talk and walk. One of my favorite places to go is to Sephora, Target, Ulta and well anything else in between. I’m kinda of a makeup junkie (recovering) – and shopping always helps lift my mood.
But, do it responsibly, okay?
8. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Sharing A Bottle of Wine
A glass of wine with your friends, as long as it is done responsibly, is always a wonderful thing. Especially when you’re with your friends and you can laugh. The best part is that wine helps to relax you. It’s like using an anti-depressant.
But – moderation is key. And – you probably should do this after work, so the boss won’t get onto you. K? K.
9. Help Your Friend Have A Better Day By Sharing A Funny Video
I have a confession. I absolutely love a really terrible video that is totally random. And, who doesn’t love finding a text with a video that makes you totally laugh out loud? Feel free to share these random videos:
Sometimes, we all have a bad day – especially if you happened to be that person who tried to file taxes late – and the iRS website kept crashing…
And, it can be tough. These are some of the best tips I have to help you help your friend out to have a better day – and many are scientifically proven.
Which ideas are YOU going to try? Let me know in the comments below!