19 Ways to Cheer Up a Loved One

19 Ways to Cheer Up a Loved One

It only takes a little time and effort to cheer people up when they’re feeling down.


By Lorraine Allen

When someone you love is down in the dumps or needs cheering up, it can be hard to know the best way to help. Sometimes, though, simply letting loved ones know you are there for them and really care can go a long way to helping them beat the blues. Here are some fun, simple ways to put a smile on anyone’s face:

1. Plan an outing with some friends, either as a surprise or just a few hours of spontaneous fun together. It doesn’t have to be fancy or complicated!

2. Take a stroll down memory lane, remembering funny, sweet, or exciting moments you’ve shared together in the past.

3. Print a photo calendar with pictures of loved ones or special places.

4. Prepare a homemade version of a very favorite meal, or go out for a special dinner.

5. Share a small token item that fits in a pocket to be a portable, constant reminder of your love and support.

6. Go somewhere new for a day. A museum, a garden, a historic home – anywhere that’s different and interesting.

7. Help around the house, organizing or cleaning or just tidying up a little.

8. Pick out a blank journal for writing down thoughts, hopes, dreams, and frustrations.

9. Make a playlist that’s upbeat or calming.

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10. Go for a long walk, bike ride, or hike together.

11. Buy tickets and go to a movie or a show together.

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12. Wrap up a few indulgent items – some scented bath salts, a soft blanket, and a few magazines or great books – and if necessary, offer to babysit so your friend can enjoy a totally relaxing afternoon.

13. Go together to a comedy show. Even the bad ones can bring a smile to your face!

14. Plan a really fun weekend together, in detail, for when the weather warms up. Having something great to look forward to will boost any dark mood.

15. Buy a new game, toy, or craft kit – busy hands are an excellent distraction.

16. Volunteer together. Helping others brings a sense of fulfillment and purpose, and lifts spirits too.

17. Go dancing!

18. Bundle up and step outside together on a clear night and look at the stars.

19. Download a meditation app your loved one can use when he or she feels particularly lonely, anxious, or overwhelmed.

How have you cheered up a loved one?


Lorraine Allen is a writer and mom to one spunky first-grader and one squirrel-obsessed dog. You can follow their delicious, allergy-friendly cooking adventures at @FeedingLina.

Image ©iStock.com/Paolo Cipriani


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