“Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.”—— Eleanor Roosevelt

“既然你能从给别人带来快乐中获得更多的快乐,那么你应该好好思考一下你能给予的快乐。”——Eleanor Roosevelt

One of the best ways to create a happier life for yourself is to make other people happier.




You see it. You’ll feel happier as someone’s face lights up with joy.


You did a good thing. You’ll feel happier because you feel you have done a good thing. And so your self-esteem shoots up too.


You get what you give. In the long run you tend to be treated by others as you treat them. Plus, the way you treat and think about others also tends to be the way you treat and think about yourself.


So how can you make someone happier?


Here are 24 quite quick things you can start doing today. Pick one and see how it can affect someone in your life.


1:Give a sincere compliment. Many positive things tend to go unsaid. So give someone a sincere compliment today. It can mean especially much if it’s for something that is close to the other person’s heart. Or something he or she has been putting in a good effort with like getting into better shape for the last few months.


2:Let someone into your lane while you’re driving. It can unstress his or her day quite a bit.


3:Hold the door open for a few extra seconds. It doesn’t take much of an effort but it can put a smile on someone’s face.


4:Express your gratitude for what is too often taken for granted. We may sometimes take what others do a bit too much for granted. Like the food they cook, how they keep doing their job consistently each and every day or how to they are there to listen when we need it.


5:Share some of your tasty homemade cookies. Or bread, ice cream or jerky.


6:Give away a piece of your hobby. Like a bracelet or a drawing you have made for instance.


7:Share some of your fall harvest. For example some jam, canned vegetables or dried delicious mushrooms or fruit.


8:Encourage. The world can be a tough and discouraging place at times. So encourage someone who is in a negative situation at the moment. Add your own perhaps more grounded and optimistic perspective on the situation to lessen his or her worries and perhaps exaggerated fears.


9:Tell a good – or terrible – joke. Or a funny story about something that happened to you last week.


10:Share something funny you found online. Play one of your favorite clips from a stand-up show you love if you are out of jokes and good stories at the moment.