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50 Ways to Bring on a Sunshine Smile

Linda (Kaywood) Bilyeu is a self-published author. Her books are available on Amazon. She writes from the heart—there is no other way.

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!

My adorable granddaughter Faith who thinks we should give someone a toy!

My adorable granddaughter Faith who thinks we should give someone a toy!

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.

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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.


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© 2012 Linda Bilyeu

How do you bring on a sunshine smile?

Nell Rose from England on June 18, 2013:

This hub always makes me smile!

Hamza Arshad from Pakistan on May 10, 2013:

you made me smile even:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on October 15, 2012:

Hello Rema! Keep on smiling! :)

Rema T V from Chennai, India on September 10, 2012:

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.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on August 27, 2012:

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

Thanks for stopping by again Janine and Cogerson!:)

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on August 27, 2012:

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

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on August 27, 2012:

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

Jools Hogg from North-East UK on August 27, 2012:

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)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 23, 2012:

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

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

lovedoctor926 on July 18, 2012:

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.

Mohan Kumar from UK on July 18, 2012:

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

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 10, 2012:

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!:)

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on July 10, 2012:

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

Mary Craig from New York on July 10, 2012:

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.

Janine Huldie from New York, New York on July 10, 2012:

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.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on June 06, 2012:

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

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on June 06, 2012:

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

Life Under Construction from Neverland on June 06, 2012:

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 :)

Cynthia Calhoun from Western NC on June 06, 2012:

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!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on June 06, 2012:

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

Jessee R from Gurgaon, India on May 21, 2012:

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

Great read

Maree Michael Martin from Northwest Washington on an Island on May 17, 2012:

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!

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on April 21, 2012:

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

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on March 27, 2012:

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.

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on February 28, 2012:

Thank you Deborah and Faith thanks you also!:)

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



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

Deborah Brooks Langford from Brownsville,TX on February 06, 2012:

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.


Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 14, 2012:

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!:))




Movie Master

Sue PR




Movie Master from United Kingdom on January 14, 2012:

Faith has your lovely smile!

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

Sue Parkinson on January 12, 2012:

You always give me Sunshine, Sunshine :))

Thank you!

UltimateMovieRankings from Virginia on January 12, 2012:

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.

Rika Susan from South Africa on January 12, 2012:

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.

Mary Hyatt from Florida on January 12, 2012:

Great Hub! It made me smile!

Stokermm from Gainesville, FL on January 11, 2012:

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

craftybegonia from Southwestern, United States on January 11, 2012:

Encouragin hub. Voted up.

b. Malin on January 11, 2012:

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!

Kelly Umphenour from St. Louis, MO on January 11, 2012:

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

Up and everything!

drbj and sherry from south Florida on January 11, 2012:

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.

Jill on January 11, 2012:

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

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

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 11, 2012:

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

Christina Lornemark from Sweden on January 11, 2012:

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,


Vinaya Ghimire from Nepal on January 11, 2012:

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.

Suzie from Carson City on January 11, 2012:

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!!

geegee77 from The Lone Star State!! on January 11, 2012:

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

Linda Bilyeu (author) from Orlando, FL on January 11, 2012:

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!!:)

Alecia Murphy from Wilmington, North Carolina on January 11, 2012:

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

Veronica Roberts from Ohio, USA on January 11, 2012:

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!

Anita on January 11, 2012:

Exactly what I needed today ! Thanks !

blessing980306 on January 11, 2012:

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

Tammy from North Carolina on January 11, 2012:

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

Eiddwen from Wales on January 11, 2012:

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

Take care and enjoy your day.


Sondra from Neverland on January 11, 2012:

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 :)

angela p from Richmond, Virginia on January 11, 2012:

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

Sunnie Day on January 11, 2012:

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



Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on January 11, 2012:

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

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

Dexter Yarbrough from United States on January 11, 2012:

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!

SmartAndFun from Texas on January 11, 2012:

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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