8 Free Things You Can Do Today to Put a Smile on Someone Else's Face

Today, Oct. 5, just so happens to be World Smile Day.

To commemorate the lighthearted date of happiness, we've come up with eight things you can do (for free!) to bring a bright, big grin to someone else's face.

Now start scrolling and let the good deeds roll!

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1. Donate or Volunteer

As the saying goes, one person's trash is another person's treasure. Instead of throwing your "garbage" away, take it to your local Goodwill or Salvation Army and donate what you don't want for a good cause. You'll absolutely make someone's day with that old top you no longer wear, or the Barbie you've had stored away in your old toy closet.

And on that note, donating your time is another way to make someone smile. As you know, the editorial team here at Sweety High is big on volunteer work. Whether you're playing with dogs and cats in a shelter, or helping lesser fortunate children read, you're guaranteed to brighten a day with your voluntary presence. Bring some pals along, too. The more, the merrier!

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2. Give a Genuine Compliment to Someone Who Isn't in Your Immediate Friend Group

Let's be honest, who doesn't love a compliment? Even the shy girl who sits next to you in math class likes hearing that you love the color of her top. So take this day to step out of your comfort zone and throw someone a genuine compliment. Whether the boy in social studies cracked one heck of a joke during group project time, or you want to snag the necklace of a random girl walking through the halls, you'll totally make someone's day by telling them something complimentary.


3. Make Someone a Personalized Spotify Playlist

Back in the day of our parents and older siblings, mixed CDs were a major go-to if you wanted to impress your S.O. or crush, or commemorate memories with your BFF. Nowadays, Spotify is our everything, so instead of putting together a collection of tracks for your upcoming fall fete, pick out a selection of meaningful songs for someone you adore to show them how much you care.

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4. Offer to Run an Errand or Do a House Chore for a Family Member

We all know how hectic things can get at home, regardless the size of our family. Take some stress off of a member of your brood's day by kindly offering to grab groceries on your way home from school, or set up the dinner table without anyone having to ask you. These are just a couple among myriads of things you can do to make a family member smile.


5. Call a Friend or Relative You've Been Meaning to Catch Up With for Some Time

As much as we love our grandparents, sister who went away to college or BFF who moved out of the area, we can be so bad at catching up with them. Nothing brings a smile to the face like hearing from someone we love and don't get to see often. Pick up that phone!

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6. Bring Your Teacher an Apple (okay, that's not technically free, but close enough)

This one may sound a little cheesy, but keeping things a little old-fashioned, it's still quite sweet (pun intended) to bring your teacher an apple to show your gratitude for their work. Explain to them that it's World Smile Day, and you want to put a grin on their face. If you feel like that's a little too brown-nosey, then simply volunteer to answer a tough question in class, give your teacher a compliment, get to class on time and don't disrupt any of the students. At least one of those things is sure to appease your superior!

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7. Pull Out Your Mean Girls DVD for the Ultimate LOL-Worthy Girls Night in

Not much to explain here because sitting in front of a screen watching Mean Girls is not only guaranteed to make you smile, but it's the ultimate move in all things fetch!


8. Give a Friend or Family Member a Huge Hug Just 'Cause

We far too often forget to use our easiest smile-inducing tactic: a hug. A hug warms the soul and is an instant gratifier. Be sure to let someone know how much you care by taking your two arms and wrapping them around a loved one. ????

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We've given you ways to make others smile, but it's time you get a grin on your own face by reading THESE nine things you should be grateful for, that you probably didn't think about before.