TONI ASKS, "SHARE YOUR FOOL-PROOF WAYS TO MAKE OTHERS HAPPY."
I don't think I have a 'fool-proof' way to make other people happy. What makes one person happy may not work for another person.
I remember in junior high school, riding home one day with a friend of mine when she found out her grandfather had passed away. She cried the rest of the way home. I was a little at loose ends. Only one of my grandparents was still alive. The other grandfather had passed away before I was born. I had only seen each of my grandmothers one time. We talked for a while, and we played some kind of board game. I tried to be sensitive to her feelings. I think it helped her; she outright laughed at one point. It did not 'make everything better', but maybe it provided some distraction.
I would try to find out what made a person happy and then help them get it. Sometimes I can be direct and just ask. Other times I have to ask around that question - like if I'm visiting someone in the hospital. If it is someone I know well, I may try to direct the conversation towards a happier time, or something I know they enjoy.
If it is someone I do not know well, and there appeared to be a problem, I would ask them if there was any way I could help them. That is better psychologically, I think, than asking, "What is wrong?" I was delivering pizzas once (in Salt Lake City), and while returning to my car, a woman went quickly by, crying. I asked her if she needed a ride somewhere. She stopped and looked at me, like she was just then noticing my presence. She continued on, walking slower. I never found out why she was upset. Did it help her to know that someone noticed and cared? I hope so.
Can you share something you do that brings joy to the lives of others? (I know that would make me happy!)
Have a GREAT weekend!