1. Give them a hug.
It’s good for them and
it’s good for you. Hugs release oxytocin in the brain, which then sparks that warm and fuzzy feeling we get when we’re close to someone we care about. The “feel good” hormone has been shown to improve mood and reduce stress
, making it the perfect way to cheer someone up.
2. Go for a walk.
3. Watch “The Notebook.”
Or another tear-jerker sure to bring the waterworks. A recent study published in the journal Motivation and Emotion found that people who watched emotionally-charged movies reportedbetter moods after they watched the film
and had a good cry. The results suggest that there could be some serious perks in letting the tears flow. Kick back and split the box of tissues.
4. Spread a little positivity.
Your demeanor may be contagious across your group of friends. A study published in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B found that friends can “spread” a healthy mood
— that is, a generally positive or neutral attitude — amongst their social circle. Even better news? A depressive mood was not “
contagious” among friends, dispelling the popular myth that you might be able to “catch” a mental illness.
5. Join a team sport.
6. Share an uplifting Facebook status.
Th words you convey hold a lot of power, particularly on social media. If you know a friend is feeling low, try sharing an encouraging message online. Research shows your mood on Facebook can affect the moods of those friends
who view your status, Mashable reported. The contagion effect is real.
7. Give them a meaningful compliment.
8. Maintain regular contact.
Make a phone date, FaceTime date or coffee date with your BFF, stat. Not only will you feel better when you’re around them, but research shows keeping regular communication with friends can increase happiness levels
9. Share a meal together.
If your friend’s feeling blue, you may want to forget the Seamless order for one and head out to a restaurant with a table for two. A study in the journal Appetite found that sharing a meal with someone increases happiness
and prosocial behaviors
10. Hang out with them.
Sometimes straightforward is best — no games, shopping trips or other adventures necessary. According to a 2011 study, simply logging quality time with a BFF can help reduce stress levels
. When it comes to spending time with the ones you love, the company is more important than the activity, anyway.