Love begets love, and happiness begets happiness. On the flipside, crankiness begets an equal or even greater amount of crankiness. Sadness or any other negative emotion is contagious and makes people around you just as sad- if not more- in no time. When someone close to you happens to be down in the doldrums, sinking helplessly in an ocean of despair, there are some easy peasy things you can do to help lift her spirits.
Listen to her. Sometimes, all lonely people really need is someone to listen intently and sincerely to them. They may simply need to unload their burdens in order to feel lighter inside. You, as the recipient, should try not to get pulled down, though. Be the strong person she needs, and just be that comforting shoulder to cry on without absorbing the negativity. You should be the one to influence her emotions, not the other way around.
Send flowers. Who said that only men are allowed to send flowers to women? If your lonely friend lives oceans away from where you’re at, you can always send online gifts her way. You can search through Flowers.org.uk, for instance and pick out a fresh bouquet to help lighten her mood. Or if she has a sweet tooth, you can opt to send her chocolates or her favorite cake.
Chat with her. Our busy schedules often keep us from being physically there for our friends, but that shouldn’t hinder you from cheering them up. With the advent of the internet, anything is virtually possible. You can spend hours catching up on old times just by chatting online. Look back on funny experiences you’ve shared together. She’ll forget about her problems in no time.
Play music together. If you can possibly find a way to hang out with your friend, it would be good to put on some music and sing or dance together. You’re sure to get a good laugh out of it.
When talking to someone in an effort to make him happy, remind him that whatever it is he’s going through, it too shall pass. The world is round, they say, so if you find yourself down one minute, it won’t be long before you find yourself on top again.
A friend in need is a friend indeed, as the adage goes. A friend is at her neediest when she is feeling emotionally down. If you do whatever is in your means to help make her feel better, you then become the ultimate good friend which she will cherish for as long as she lives.