The difference between success and failure is a great team – that’s why it’s so important to treat your colleagues as a family and help them cope with difficult periods in their lives.
But how can you help somebody other’s bad mood, problems, and bad luck? What should you do if your colleague is stressing about a deadline, going through a breakup, or is worried because of boss’s reprimand?
Try these 8 simple ways to cheer them up in any situation and turn any frown upside down:
- Just Ask Them If They Want Your Help
Before taking any actions, make sure that your colleague is ready to accept your help. Though being rather obvious and simple, this rule is often being neglected that leads to major negative consequences.
Remember that every human being is unique and the way they cope with stress also differs a lot: some will welcome your advice or positive team quotes, while others will want to handle the situation on their own.
So… the first thing to do is to get the permission to cheer them up. Just ask your colleague: “Can I help you?”, “Can we talk about it?”, or “What would you like me to do for you?” and the solution won’t be so blurry anymore.
- Leave Them a Little Note
Give a mini makeover to their boring desk and put a cute bouquet of flowers on it, or leave a note with a lovely working together quote to show how important they are for you, or just draw a funny smile on a post-it-note.
No matter, how big your “note” is, it surely shows how much you care and how important they are to your office family.
- Have a Chuckle
“Laughter is the best medicine” – people say, and they’re totally right, as numerous surveys have already proved the beneficial effect of laughter on physical and mental health.
Help your colleague to have a good laugh when going through their hard times, as it does heal. Use puns, jokes, sarcasm, funny teamwork quotes, or set a joke contest between yourself and your colleague to help them crack a hearty smile.
- Ask Open-Ended Questions and Be a Good Listener
Sometimes it’s enough just to speak out to feel a huge relief. If your colleague is not a people person and can’t share their feelings freely, that makes a situation more complicated.
In this case, asking open-ended questions is the way to enable the flow of ideas – you don’t really need to talk a lot, just show your interest and listen carefully.
- Share a Walk
Besides numerous health benefits, walking also is a great stress-relieving and meditative activity. So, don’t miss this opportunity to cheer up your colleague by sharing a relaxing walk and a friendly talk, especially since it’s absolutely free and doesn’t require any extra preparations.
Also, consider going to the cinema or theatre, hanging out in the club or eating out in the park, drinking coffee at the café or going shopping – make sure that you chose the activity they enjoy and act.
- Give Them a Hug
A simple hug and a friendly smile can break the ice and make another feel much better. Hugging is especially helpful when you don’t have the right words.
Moreover, a recent research shows that hugging causes the release of oxytocin, a chemical known as a natural stress reliever.
- Involve Other People
Tell other colleagues some good things about this person – in other words, spread a good rumor, make people talk about them positively.
Join to those “gossips” and tell your colleague that you’ve heard Jacob telling Mary he likes the way they dress.
This atmosphere of good rumors will definitely cheer your friend up.
- Motivate Them with Powerful Positive Team Quotes
Wise bosses often begin or end a huddle by sharing a working together quote ‘cause they know that it’s a very effective way to cheer up their workers. So, just do the same thing – share an influential quote to inspire your upset colleague and give a little push.
Here are some awesome quotes from world-known successful people that will support and motivate your friend:
- Nothing is permanent in this wicked world, not even our troubles. – Charlie Chaplin
- Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much. – Helen Keller
- The strength of the team is each individual member. The strength of each member is the team. – Phil Jackson
- Making mistakes is better than faking perfections. –
- If everyone is moving forward together, then success takes care of itself. – Henry Ford
- The best teamwork comes from men who are working independently toward one goal in unison. – James Cash Penney