In Work Life

It’s a weird time. We’re all more aware of how interdependent we are, even as many of us are working remotely and not seeing coworkers every day.

Those of us who use Givitas have an easy way to help our coworkers and employees with exactly what they’re asking for (here’s a list of free Givitas groups if you’d like to try one out).

However, sometimes we notice a coworker or employee is particularly low. Maybe they tell us they’re feeling bad or maybe we notice their behavior or work product has changed. Now more than ever is a time for empathy, kindness, understanding, and generosity.

a man holds his head while sitting on a sofa

In general, people don’t like to get advice they haven’t asked for. But many people do like to get support, recognition, and small gifts as a sign someone notices and cares.

Fortunately, there are several easy ways to cheer someone up. Read below to learn more!

1. A Nice Meal

A delicious meal is one effective way to help cheer someone up. Given the current pandemic, you could get them takeout or give them a gift card to a favorite restaurant, rather than cooking for them yourself. Certain foods have been shown to contain nutrients that can increase your mood.

For example, types of fish contain omega-3 fatty acids or oils that help release dopamine and serotonin, which are two brain chemicals that can change your mood for the better. Dinner may be the most effective and popular option, but breakfast and lunch can also help cheer someone up.

If you can’t buy them a meal, invite them to a Zoom breakfast or lunch party, where everyone eats together and chats while they dine. Not only will the delicious food make them feel better, but they will enjoy the company, and the stimulating mealtime conversation will show them that you care about their well-being.

2. Subscription Box

A subscription box is another excellent way to help cheer someone up. Subscription box services are a fairly new yet simple and innovative business model; a box of products is shipped directly to your colleague or employee’s doorstep for a flat monthly rate. These boxes are often curated for your specific customer wants or needs, and there are all kinds of boxes available.

Monthly books, beauty and skin care, clothing, and beverages are just some of the many options. Signing someone else up for a subscription box service will surely make them feel better; even though the box comes in a consistent monthly interval, the surprise of a new package on your doorstep will brighten your day. It’s like a surprise birthday or Christmas gift!

A Japanese snack box is another idea that could help cheer someone up. For a flat monthly rate, you can surprise someone and have a box of delicious and authentic Japanese snacks shipped directly to their doorstep.

3. Spa Day -At Home or for Later

If a friend or family member is feeling down, treat them to a spa day. They may not be able to do it during the shut down, but they’ll have something to look forward to when salons start to re-open. Besides, massages, mani-pedis, facials, and other relaxing activities are an excellent way to de-stress.

Another option is at-home treatments. Many foods and other items found around the house or at the store can replicate a soothing spa experience from the comfort of your recliner. You can send a box with pampering products or special ingredients to make their own.

4. A Memorable Experience

Sharing a memorable experience together is another excellent way to help cheer someone up. If the person feeling down is a close friend or family member,  you are likely aware of their interests and passions. Take their best interests into consideration and treat them to a wonderful day or weekend experience. Take all the history buffs to a museum, tag along with the diehard sports fan to their favorite team’s next game, or enjoy their favorite tunes at a concert together…the options are endless! Again, these will be best suited for after the quarantine has ended, but it gives you both something to look forward to, which can help ease a bad mood.

5. A Nice Afternoon In-via Video Chat

Sometimes, you don’t have to leave the house to make someone feel better and create a memorable experience … an afternooon staying in and hanging out can be the perfect pick-me-up. Whether you make the plan or show up announced, the camaraderie, laughter, and bonding will help lift their spirits.

The only challenge is, that’s hard to do in the current circumstances. So what about doing the same thing you might have done together via video chat?

You can binge-watch your favorite movies or television shows, play video games, play card games, and so much more.  Check out Jackbox Games for some hilarious games that can be played with groups of remote players using Zoom and a cell phone.

6. Handwritten Letters and Notes

The importance of handwritten letters and notes has been lost to many in today’s digital age.

While sending a positive text or email is still an excellent way to uplift somebody, sending a handwritten note can go above and beyond lifting their spirits. Handwritten messages are more authentic and emotional than phone calls, texts, or emails. Going this extra step really shows that you are thinking of them and goes a long way toward cheering them up.

7. Offer to Talk and Listen

Often, the simplest route is the most effective. If a coworker or employee is feeling down for whatever reason, be there for them.

Offer to talk about and listen to their troubles. Knowing that someone else is there to listen and offer advice is a very comforting feeling.

Make sure to ask open-ended questions rather than yes/no answers, so they can articulate their feelings and get their feelings off their chest. However, be sure to respect their boundaries and not force them to talk about anything if they do not want to.

About the Author

Danny Taing founded Bokksu in 2015 to introduce foodies around the world to authentic Japanese snacks and teas only found in Japan. Offering both a subscription box service and e-commerce marketplace, Bokksu is the only company that partners directly with local artisanal makers throughout Japan to elevate their delicious snacks to the world stage. Danny developed his passion for Japanese food and travel during his four years living in Tokyo before moving back to NYC in 2013. In his spare time, he is an avid rock climber who loves to get into fierce battles with friends over board games.

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