We all make friends in our lives and some of them become our best friends. Let’s know 7 ways to make your friend happy.
1. Be a careful listener
The first step is always to identify what’s wrong with your friend or loved one. They don’t always show it, or are willing to share their deep concerns. In this case, it’s up to you to listen carefully and read the signs indicating that your friend goes through some sort of inner turmoil or faces some tough problems.
2. Learn to be empathic
The true support comes from someone who truly knows how it feels. If you have never encountered the same issue, empathy is what works best. It’s not just about saying that you are sorry; instead, try to get in your friend’s shoes and come up with a more effective solution. For this, don’t be afraid to confess that you are frustrated too. Stating your positive intent is half job done.
3. Don’t let them freak out
Regardless of how bad the situation is, your task is to keep your friend from panicking or freaking out. Start with asking them to calm down, as this is the state of mind that can be helpful in dealing with difficulties. Also, it provokes a more considerate attitude that keeps from making wrong decisions and is really a good progress on the way to learning how to cheer up a friend.
4. Don’t be greedy with your time
One of the most desirable things that someone in pain wants to hear is that others truly need them. So don’t just tick the box and pretend you share your friend’s feelings when you can’t even spend an evening by their side. Show that you don’t mind giving up your own plans for the sake of your friend, and believe me – this will be much appreciated.
5. Binge-watch your favorite oldies
Probably, getting relaxed and escaping into the fictional world can help clear up your friend’s mind. One of the options would be to suggest watching some quality black and white movies from the golden era of Hollywood (or downright Charlie Choplin dramedies?). These masterpieces of naivety and warm-heartedness are sure to work!
6. Go on a shopping spree
Now, quickly get your friend’s mind busy with price tags and this season’s fashions on a cheerful shopping spree in the heart of your city! You could even go somewhere else for a change and spend a few careless hours trying on suits and gowns. You can then celebrate your purchases with an ice-cream or a glass of wine and set your thoughts on subjects far away from any of your concerns!
7. Travel together
Go see different places, new amazing people and funny adventures as you embark on a journey. Traveling to the seaside is ideal – it’s been long known to have a soothing effect on everyone in pain. It’s not accidental that resorts are listed among the best remedies against heart sores.