50 Ways to Bring on a Sunshine Smile

A smile is a gift to others...

I'm a believer in "Do unto others as you would want others to do unto you". That was not a typo, it's what I believe strongly in, since the other way didn't work out too well for me.

So far, my way has worked out fine for all involved.

We all like to smile, need to smile and want to smile. But some days we just don't feel like it.

I've uncovered some easy ways to make someone else smile, hence the sunshine smile.

We all have good days and bad days. How we handle those bad days is our choice.

We could allow ourselves to sulk or pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off and do a random act of kindness for someone.

The act could be no big deal to you, but it could change someone's day, week or possibly their year!

I acquired some help from my 7 yr old granddaughter Faith and her friends because they are who inspired this hub.

I also appreciate the wonderful additional ways from my favorite shiner's Chris, Jill, Michelle, Ida, Dave, Carissa, Jon, David and Aileen. You all rock!

Please feel free to add your wonderful ways to share kindness to others in order to create a sunshine smile. Shine on!

Turn that frown upside down...

We're gonna turn that frown upside down with a Sunshine Smile!
We're gonna turn that frown upside down with a Sunshine Smile! | Source
My adorable granddaughter Faith who thinks we should give someone a toy!
My adorable granddaughter Faith who thinks we should give someone a toy! | Source

Are you ready to bring on a sunshine smile?

  1. Give someone a toy (age 5)
  2. Surprise your mommy with a card (age 6)
  3. Make a silly face (age 3)
  4. Buy them a car (age 6)
  5. Wash the dinner dishes (age 9)
  6. Tickle someone (age 5)
  7. Give a bear hug or a virtual hug!
  8. Pay the highway toll for the person behind you in line!
  9. Cook their favorite meal dinner!
  10. Send a text to say, "I'm thinking about you"
  11. Have their favorite flowers delivered.
  12. Give a grouchy-looking person a sunshine smile.
  13. Hold the door open for whomever is behind or in front of you.
  14. Pay off a layaway of a random person. Chances are if the items are on layaway funds could be tight.
  15. Assist your elderly neighbor!
  16. Help a short person reach the top shelf!
  17. Offer to babysit or arrange kid swapping nights. You watch their kids and in return they'll watch your kids.
  18. Wash the car of someone who isn't able to.
  19. Give a compliment and watch that Sunshine Smile beam.
  20. Help fix the flat of a stranded motorist.
  21. Mow your neighbor's yard while they are on vacation.
  22. Donate money to St Jude or a charity of your choice.
  23. Leave goodies in the mailbox for the mailman.
  24. Bring brownies to your kids teacher.
  25. Take balloons to a childrens hospital.

Adorable - Sunshine Smile

More ways to bring on a sunshine smile...

26. Leave quarters in the change return of a soda machine.

27. Give a larger than normal tip for excellent restaurant service.

28. While at Starbucks pay for the customer next in line.

29. Treat a homeless person to a Happy Meal from McDonalds.

30. Bring chicken soup to an ill friend.

31. While at the grocery store and the customer in front of you is short on cash, help them out.

32. Always be courteous to a handicapped person.

33. Offer a side job to a friend who's down on their luck.

34. Offer to tend to friends pets in time of need.

35. Mail a surprise gift or just a card to a friend or family member.

36. Create a scrapbook of memories.

37. Offer a neck or foot massage and not expect one in return.

38. Start an online support group and share your expertise.

39. Purchase a magazine subscription for a gift that lasts all year.

40. Treat someone special to a movie or lunch or both.

41. Suggest to watch a sunrise or sunset with a friend who has been blue.

42. Pay off someone's credit card debt.

43. Introduce them to music they haven't heard and might enjoy.

44. Listen while they vent, no need to solve their problems. Listening, in itself does wonders.

45. Write a poem and place it in their lunchbag.

46. Offer to pick up someone's groceries.

47. When you receive excellent service, email the company and give the employee a shout-out.

48. Repair someone's computer for no compensation.

49. Accompany a family or friend to a doctor visit and take notes for them. How often have you been to the doctor and forgot the small, but important details that were discussed?

50. Pimp a fellow hubber or blogger.


Have you learned new ways to bring on the Sunshine Smile?

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© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

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How do you bring on a sunshine smile? 57 comments

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SmartAndFun 5 years ago from Texas

What a wonderful subject for a hub! Thank you for creating smiles and doing your part to remind the world of the golden rule.

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Dexter Yarbrough 5 years ago from United States

Hi Sunshine! Once again, you have provided us with wonderful ways to enhance our lives - and the lives of others! Putting a smile on someone's face can bring so much meaning to them and create a perspective they may not have taken into account!

I am going to choose from the list and spread the smiles around! Voted up, up and away!

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Just Ask Susan 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Smiles can be contagious. Lets all start spreading them around :)

Faith I like your toy for a smile :) She's adorable Sunshine.

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Sunnie Day 5 years ago

Wonderful and uplifting hub! I love this..thank you for the sunshine day!



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angela p 5 years ago from Richmond, Virginia

I loved to smile but more importantly I love to make someone else smile. You made me smile with this hub. Great job. Thanks.

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Ardie 5 years ago from Neverland

This is such a cute hub idea and I will use each of these techniques to bring a smile to another. Because when I make others happy I am happy too :)

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Eiddwen 5 years ago from Wales

I loved this one and what a beautiful little girl Faith is.

Take care and enjoy your day.


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tammyswallow 5 years ago from North Carolina

Aww.. that is such an uplifting, happy, inspiring hub! You always know how to light up a room!!! Bravo!

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blessing980306 5 years ago

Another awesome hub Sunshine!All great advice I will have try some on your hub that sometimes we just don't think about in our busy lives!I love to help & give it is therapy for me

makes me happy!I wish more

people would listen too your

advice!World would be much

better place!:) I vote Sunshine for President!xoxo

Anita 5 years ago

Exactly what I needed today ! Thanks !

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VeronicaFarkas 5 years ago from Ohio, USA

I have a Sunshine Smile!!! =D

Your granddaughter & her friends are smart & selfless young ladies!

If someone were to pay off my debt for me, I'd be the happiest person in the world! lol

I love the ideas!

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Alecia Murphy 5 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

Thanks for bringing the sunshine! Great way to start the day! Thanks Sunshine :)!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I'm walking on Sunshine with all of your sunshine-filled comments! Random acts of kindness always make me smile! Pay if forward as my good friend effer reminds me often! Shine on!!:)

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geegee77 5 years ago from The Lone Star State!!

What a wonderful hub you are always so full of cheer, that's what I love about you, great hub:) ge

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fpherj48 5 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

I'm grinning from ear to ear, Sunshine Smile Girl!! Let's you and I do a SUNSHINE SHARE!!! You buy me a ticket to Orlando....and I'll make you some brownies! Yes? No????!! Doesn't sound quite fair? SHUCKS! I'll be back with another of my great ideas!!!

Hey......made ya smile, didn't I?? Whatever works, GF!!

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Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

All of these points are wonderful ways to bring smile. Whenever I feel low, I go to an old age homes and distribute food to the people rejected by their families. I see smile in their face that I can never describe.

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thougtforce 5 years ago from Sweden

I think you covered the best way to get people to smile! I know I am:)) So there is no need for more reasons just now! But I will give back to you nr 7 and nr 50! Thanks Sunshine for this awesome hub,


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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you for stopping by with all of your wonderful comments that made my day!:))

Jill 5 years ago

Sunshine you always make me smile that's why I love you !!!

Great hub !!! Keep them coming !!! :)

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drbj 5 years ago from south Florida

You are the epitome, Sunshine, of that wonderful remark: "When you see someone wihout a smile, give him or her one of yours."

I do that all the time so we have a lot in common my friend.

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RealHousewife 5 years ago from St. Louis, MO

Hi Sunshine - now why didn't I find this this morning:) lol I wasted a whole day to get this smile:)

Up and everything!

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b. Malin 5 years ago

Now I know how you got the name Sunshine...50 ways to make someone Smile, I Loved it! Great thoughts were shared...Thank You for making me Smile today as well!

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craftybegonia 5 years ago from Southwestern, United States

Encouragin hub. Voted up.

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Stokermm 5 years ago from Gainesville, FL

I love the ideas from Faith and her friends!! Sweet innocence. :)

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mary615 5 years ago from Florida

Great Hub! It made me smile!

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rsusan 5 years ago from South Africa

Out of the mouths of babes, Sunshine. Oh, what a world we could have been living in... So simple, yet powerful. Let's all do our bit to bring on that Sunshine smile. Let's do it for someone else, and ours will form automatically.

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Cogerson 5 years ago from Virginia

Very nicely done Sunshine...I like your 50 ways to bring on the sunshine. You are doing very well on 30 hubs in 30 days task. Keep up the good work.

Sue Parkinson 5 years ago

You always give me Sunshine, Sunshine :))

Thank you!

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Movie Master 5 years ago from United Kingdom

Faith has your lovely smile!

A lovely happy hub - thank you for sharing and voted up!

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Sunshine625 5 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

I admit I was a slacker with responding to all of your comments, I apologize...I was busy spreading the sunshine smile:))! Thank you all for taking the time to add more smiles to hub!:))




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Deborah Brooks 5 years ago from Brownsville,TX

The sunshine smile.. you are so awesome and your granddaughter she is so precious. makes me miss mine grandchildren. I really smiled #7 give them a big hug.. I love hugs. especially from my grandchildren. oh and I like #45 write a poem.. I love this hub. and John Denver singing.. it's all great.


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sunkentreasure 5 years ago from RUIMSIG, SOUTH AFRICA


Just one hug

can touch someone's heart

Just one smile

can change someone's day

Just one flower

can show you care

Just one kindness

can light the way

Just one compliment

can bring happiness

Just one prayer

can create a miracle

Your love can make a difference.

(C) Bernard Levine

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Deborah and Faith thanks you also!:)

Sunkentreasure, I appreciate your sharing Love Can Make A Difference...it's beautiful!

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alocsin 4 years ago from Orange County, CA

Great tips as usual but perhaps the pics of your granddaughter should be reversed? You want everyone to know that you made her smile with your efforts. I like giving and receiving 35. Voting this Up and Useful.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Alocsin! I considered reversing the photo, but I don't want to see Faith's sad face as often as her smiling face:)

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Ruby H Rose 4 years ago from Northwest Washington on an Island

I like number 41. Watching a sunrise or sunset with people I love is the best way to have a sunny day. Thank you so much for these great sunshine ideas!

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rahul0324 4 years ago from Gurgaon, India

Lovely Hub! Trust me! Your hubs always bring a sunshine smile to my face :)

Great read

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Thank you Ruby and Rahul for sharing the sunshine smile!:)

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cclitgirl 4 years ago from Western NC

I love your smile, your hubs, your spirit, your writing, your generosity, and your lovely personality. You deserve a perfect score and much HUBLOVE! Great hub and many votes!

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unknown spy 4 years ago from Neverland - where children never grow up.

Very wonderful!! write 'i love you's' or any messages on a post-it note and post it on the bathroom, on her pillowsheet or on her mirror :)

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Cyndi, You are just too sweet. I love your cheering and support! You rock CC! :)

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi M, Those are fabulous ideas and they don't surprise me coming from you!:)

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Linda, just saw this hub and loved seeing the pic of your adorable granddaughter. Also loved this hub on ways to put a smile on someone else's face. I am a strong believer in trying to make others smile, because I try to make sure I smile so much everyday. The old adage that it takes more muscles to frown then smile is true and totally believe that. Anyway, very much agree with you and am voting up and sharing too.

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tillsontitan 4 years ago from New York

Oh gracious Queen, your list surpasses yet again!

In line with #47...I am a celiac and have trouble finding good places to eat. While visiting my daughter she took me to a hibachi restaurant that serves gluten free food. Not only did they serve it but with a smile and complete consideration...the cook was fantastic asking me before each addition if it was ok for me to eat. When we were leaving I went to the manager and told him it was the best meal I'd had in seven years and the best service. I told him I couldn't praise this place enough. He thanked me and I started to leave. As I did, I heard him say to a gentleman standing next to him, "Boy that was nice. All we ever hear are complaints, never something nice like that!"

Okay, I know, I'm long winded.

Voted this up, useful, funny and beautiful.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Janine, I believe you have brought on many sunshine smiles. Thank you for sharing and caring enough to makes others smile also :)

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hi Tills, Thank you SO MUCH for sharing your story with us! I bet you made that managers week or possibly his month with your words of gratitude. Well done! BTW my good friend is celiac and she tells me it's just no fun. I appreciate your comment!:)

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Docmo 4 years ago from UK

Hey sunshine. Thanks for the tips. This way we can all be like you. VUMS me dear.

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lovedoctor926 4 years ago

Sunshine, this is a very sweet hub. I like these ideas especially #12. There's a funny image of a baby with a mean look on his face which reads: today, give a stranger one of your smiles. it might be the only sunshine he sees. Lol. #21 pimp a fellow hubber. too funny! Your voted up abnormal comment on the am I normal hub made me laugh.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

You're welcome Doc. Thank you for the VUMS!

Hi Love Doc! I'm glad I was able to make you laugh and smile!:)

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Jools99 4 years ago from North-East UK

Smiling right now Linda, your hub did the trick. Saw an old friend today for the first time for about two years and I have had a whole afternoon smiling (and laughing) with her - I feel so much better for it :o)

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Janine Huldie 4 years ago from New York, New York

Back for more, because I just cannot resist Faith's adorable face and so love the concept of the Sunshine Smile!!!

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Cogerson 4 years ago from Virginia

I like the addition of the photos....plus this way I am back to give some more votes your way.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hey Julie! Good for you! I'm glad you had a wondeful time with your friend.

Thanks for stopping by again Janine and Cogerson!:)

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remaniki 4 years ago from Chennai, India

Too good a hub Linda. You are good at giving great advice to make your neighbors smile and frown!! :) (am talking about your other hub here)

Lovely hub - I do a few of these that brings a smile. To see a smile on someone else's face is a blessing. And to be smiling always is a greater one. Cheers, Rema.

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Sunshine625 4 years ago from Orlando, FL Author

Hello Rema! Keep on smiling! :)

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cathie bridges 3 years ago from Pakistan

you made me smile even:)

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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England

This hub always makes me smile!

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