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8 Small Gestures That Can Mean A Lot

It's not hard to make someone smile every single day.

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1. Waving at someone you know, even just an acquaintance, can really be a boost in their day! Some people are so busy that they barely have time for any casual interaction with anyone. A small movement of your arm and hand can make a difference.

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2. Use your face muscles and show your best smile. They can be contagious, so if you smile you just might make someone else smile too. Plus, it shows someone that you're happy to see them, or that they bring you joy, both of which always feel nice.

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4. Dish out some compliments. They can be physical, mental, or emotional. Who doesn't like to hear that they're beautiful, intelligent, or a sweetheart? Just make sure you're being genuine. Fake compliments can be pretty easy to detect. Everyone has something great about them, so just take a moment to really think about it.

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5. The world can be a lonely place, so spending some quiet time with someone can be a welcome relief. You don't have to make plans or have anything specific to talk about. Sometimes it's just nice to share the quiet with someone else. It demonstrates a moderate to high level of comfort with the person.

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6. Listening to a person's worries, concerns, or thoughts can mean monumentally more than we think. We're forced to walk around with all these problems and burdens. It can significantly lighten the load when we get a chance to share it with someone else. Be a good friend to someone, because you never know how much they're dealing with.

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7. Text someone you haven't talked to in a while. Ask how they're doing. See if you can make some plans with them to re-connect. We all have at least one person we wished we talked to more, so take that initiative and text them. It's a super sweet gesture because it demonstrates that you think about them even if they haven't talked to you in a while.

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8. By no means do you have to make it rain, but paying for something as small as a coffee or for some food, can really turn someone's day around. Next time you're at Dunkin Donuts, pay for the person behind you. It often starts a cycle of people paying for the person behind them as well.

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