10 Ways to Make Someone Smile Today & Win 1 of 3 Bow-Tie and Watch Gift Sets!

With natural disasters and tragedies happening in the world, we need some positivity instead! We’ve come up with 10 ways to make someone smile today, in order to spread a bit of joy and laughter around. We also have another great reason to smile – a worldwide competition with our friends at Charles BowTie where you can win one of three gift sets of a stylish watch and bow tie, so stay tuned to enter.

1 – Make Someone Smile with Random Acts of Kindness

Have you ever seen the movie Pay It Forward? A school class is challenged by their teacher to come up with an idea to make the world a better place. A 12 year old student comes up with the idea of doing a favour for 3 people and to ask them to pay it forward by doing a favour for 3 other people, and so on. Of course, you don’t have to go to such lengths but even just one kind gesture such as offering to help an elderly person to carry shopping will go a long way. There’s actually a World Kindness Day on November 13 each year, as well as a Random Acts of Kindness movement, with a Kind blog and the possibility to become a RAKtivist…If you’re travelling abroad, consider supporting Pack for a Purpose by taking useful items that you no longer need that will be invaluable for the locals in your destination country.

2 – Start a Gratitude Journal

Not only will keeping a gratitude journal make you smile, but it can really help others to smile too…Let them know that they made it into your journal by something sweet that they’ve done for you. So if your partner cooks you a nice meal, tell them that you enjoyed it so much that they’ve made it into your gratitude journal! Everyone likes to feel appreciated.

3 – Laugh a Little (or a Lot!)

Tell a joke or watch a silly film but laugh as often as you can – it’s contagious and there are serious health benefits, including lower blood pressure, the release of endorphins boosting your immune system and even helping you tone your abs! We had a laugh taking these photos of Big Ben, it’s good to see something so familiar in a new angle.

Big Ben Remi bow tie
4 – Leave a Surprise for a Stranger

Do you love reading but don’t know what to do with all the books that you’ve finished and won’t read again? It’s always possible to donate them to the local library or charity shop… However, there’s another thing you can do with them, that’s guaranteed to put a smile on a random person’s face. BookCrossing is the act of releasing a book into the wild for a stranger to find, or via a controlled system where other members can hunt for it. You can then track the progress of your book around the world via journal entries – it’s fascinating to see where some of them end up! Geocaching is another way to leave a surprise for a stranger. It’s an outdoor treasure-hunting game with millions of geocaches dotted around the world and great fun for children.

5 – Wear Something Zany

Whether its flamingo sunglasses or a brightly coloured top, this is a sure-fire way to make people smile. On a rainy day, I like to pick the brightest raincoat I have, and pair it with a colour clashing umbrella for good measure ;-). A bow tie is one of the quirkiest clothing items yet its also extremely elegant. Although they are associated with gentlemen, bow ties can look just as good on a girl and the element of surprise is an added bonus. Would you ever have guessed the origin of the bow tie? It was actually mercenaries in Croatia in the 17th century who used a scarf tied around their neck to hold their shirt together! It became popular as a cravat in France and then evolved into the bow tie.

Big Ben Remi bow tie set
6 – Compliment Someone

Whether it’s on their appearance, skills or something else, people love a compliment. I used to be quite shy and would hesitate to tell people that I loved their outfit or baking talent, for example. Yet then I realized how much I enjoyed being complimented myself and I started to get free and easy with giving them out. If you live in a big city like we do, it’s also a way of feeling slightly more connected to your fellow citizens!

7 – Get in touch with Loved Ones

Make a phone call to a friend or family member. It lets them know that you have been thinking about them and is guaranteed to put a smile on their face. Or go really old-school and write them a letter – this will be particularly appreciated by those who are old enough to remember the days before Internet and emails!

8 – Smile at Others

As Mother Theresa once said, Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. Wouldn’t it be nice to be that person who makes everyone feel like they’re the only person in a room, just by smiling at them?

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9 – Share Your Time and Expertise

Volunteering will not only help others smile but it will make you feel wonderful too. There are lots of different ways to get involved and you can tailor it to your interests such as being a volunteer tutor for school children or a tour guide at a local historic house. If you’re worried about the time investment, consider a short-term event such as handing out water at a local charity run.

10 – Give a Gift

It doesn’t have to be anything fancy, so whether it’s a home-baked cookie or tickets to a new play they’ve been wanting to see, you’ll get serious brownie points. If you’re being really kind, you could even give them your prize, should you win this fantastic competition for one of three Charles BowTie watch and bow tie sets. This creative UK based company has recently launched their international web shop. They have 14 gorgeous watches in their collection, all representing British cities such as Bath, Cambridge and Edinburgh. The designs are inspired by modern art and pop culture with a bit of vintage chic thrown in. The watch and bow tie are beautifully packaged with a colourful flip open case and double tiered box. I’ve been wearing my Newcastle watch so much, it’s got an interchangeable striped strap and looks great with or without the funky bow tie. My husband has found his Dover watch particularly handy for travelling as it’s so lightweight. It’s also a great conversation starter in business meetings! The gift set is a very reasonable £145 or €169 and international shipping is available. Moreover, get a 15% discount until 31 October when you use the code SMILEWSUZE. To enter the competition which is open worldwide, simply follow the steps below. Good luck!

How would you make someone smile?

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  • I’m loving these bow tie sets Suze and this post has definitely made me smile 🙂

    • Suze

      Aren’t they cute, I love the packaging and the quirky style

  • I love this and the acts of kindness are amazing , and how cool that bow-tie looks 🙂

    • Suze

      So glad you like it, Hannah! The bow-ties are very funky

  • Such a great post! The watches look really fun too. Hope you are having a great start to your week. Gemma x

    • Suze

      Yes I am thanks Gemma, hope yours is going well and that the sun makes a return soon

  • I agree that smiling at someone will automatically generate a smile back. I go to the gym every day in the morning and while everyone is still grumpy and didn’t properly wake up at that time, we still smile at each other instead of hellos, even if we don’t know each other personally.

    • Suze

      Maybe I should try that on the London tube! You’re good to go to the gym every day. Exercise endorphins make me feel happy

  • Hannah Martin

    Anw I love this post! The world needs more posts like these!

    • Suze

      That’s so sweet, you’ve got me smiling!

  • Tracey Best

    What a lovely post! I do a lot of these on the daily & that made me smile!!! I love the photo of the watch over Big Ben, haha!

    • Suze

      Took us a while to get that shot but it was worth it in the end!

  • Michelle Marcos

    I love this so much!! Pay it Forward had a great message but it was SUCH a sad movie! lol Haven’t seen it in years! I’ve been writing what I’m grateful for everyday and it seriously does help so much! Thanks for the smile today! 🙂

    • Suze

      Actually it was a bit of a sad film in some ways, maybe they should do a follow-up feel good movie!

  • Jinzo_2400

    The big thing here in the States is “rocking”…you find a small rock,paint it,put waterproof sealing around it and then hide it in the open and tell folks on social media where its at….I have a rock I found while walking.

    • Suze

      Ooh I never knew that, I’m itching to try it if I visit the States soon! Thanks for the info and I’ll keep a look out for it on social media

  • Lena Eriksen

    Thanks so much for a reminder – those small gestures are so valuable. Have heard about Pay it forward here in Norway as well 😊

    • Suze

      It’s quite an old film now but it certainly made an impact on me

  • I like number 6 – a friend of mine once said that you should never miss an opportunity to say something nice to someone and it’s true. I forgot that it actually takes a little bit of effort to be a nice person, but it’s so worthwhile in the end xx

    • Suze

      I’m sending a few compliments your way, Frankie – you’re funny, cool and talented!

  • Aw what a lovely positive post! I like the idea of creating a gratitude journal and making someone laugh. Laughter is infectious x

    • Suze

      I’ve bought a gratitude journal, now I need to start filling it in!

  • Melanie

    Feeling Happy just reading this. Smiling and gift giving work wonders

    • Suze

      I’m very glad that it made you smile, Melanie

  • Laura Dove

    Ahh I love this, I love random acts of kindness and making others smile, it’s such a lovely way to live.

    • Suze

      Me too, when there’s nothing expected in return it’s always a nice surprise!

  • Random acts of kindness and getting in touch with friends and family is something I love to do

    • Suze

      Me too, I need to make more time for it

  • Super suggestions these, and I love those stripey quirky bow ties, lol! My kids would love them!

    • Suze

      Actually they’d be great for kids too! You can adjust the neck fastening

  • Great suggestions, I think doing nice things for people and generally just having a smile on your face makes a big difference x

  • Melanie Edjourian

    What a lovely post and a nice way to encourage people to do nice things for others. Smiling makes a big difference. I’m smiler and find people tend to be that bit friendlier because of it.

  • I recently started a gratitude journal actually! I haven’t stuck to it very well but it has made me more appreciative of what goes right in life instead of dwelling on the bad.

  • Louise O’Brien

    Genuinely loved this post because it’s so true and great tips. I love the idea of a gratitude journal as I always feel grateful fir what I have but actually writing it down is a wonderful idea x

  • Leah Shafik

    This is a great post – it’s lovely to make someone smile. I have always wanted to do something really nice, a random act of kindness but planning it makes it less random lol x

  • Such an amazing watch! I love this post so much! Great reminder to be kind!

  • Bex Smith

    This is such a lovely post – so important to make people smile and be kind.

  • Jan Wroblewski

    The Aberdeen

  • Brad Start

    I like The Richmond. I try to make people smile by always being polite (such as holding doors open for others) and always smiling at others.

  • Suzanne

    The Aberdeen is great. Smile and someone will probably smile back and feel better for it.

  • Claire Woods

    I like The Richmond.

  • Kristie Metcalfe

    The Richmond is the one I like most. I would try and make someone smile by paying for somebody elses order in a coffee shop.

  • Anthony G

    My favourite is The Richmond. I also like The Westbury.

    “Smiling is contagious, you catch it like the flu; when someone smiled at me today, I started smiling too.
    I passed around the corner and someone saw my grin, and when he smiled I realised I’d passed it on to him.
    So, if you feel a smile begin, don’t leave it undetected; let’s start an epidemic quick and get the world infected.”


  • laura stewart

    i like The Aberdeen x 🙂

  • maci234

    the Aberdeen

  • Hungry_Healthy_Happy

    I love doing little random acts of kindness. Even if it is jusy paying for the person behind me coffee.

  • Annabel Greaves

    I love the Charles watch and bow tie

  • Jules Smith Eley

    I adore the Charles watch and bow tie, I would make my uncle happy by giving this to him!

  • maria blythin

    i love the charles watch and bow tie x

  • Stevie

    The Aberdeen, I enjoy making my niece smile when she visits, usually spinning in the swivel chair.

  • Baby Isabella

    It’s really nice to compliment someone and we try to do this at least once a day to lift moods. One kind gesture makes you feel good too!

  • Alica

    I love The Flint! and I would give it to my daughter who would be smiling none stop! 🙂

  • Pete Cleasby

    my favourite is The Shetland, and I`d make someone smile by simply smiling at them

  • Helen Clark

    This is such a brilliant post. I love the random acts of kindness movement and often do things like that. There’s nothing quite like a little gesture that makes someone else smile and happy. I love the book idea and will definitely look in to that next time I have books I’ve read.

  • Katrina Adams

    I would make someone smile by surprising them with something – such as flowers just because or buying them some treat me’s with a letter letting them know they are amazing. I like both the Flint and The Bath

  • David Waterworth

    I love the richmond design and I would wear something zany, in fact I had loads of silly ties which I would wear to work, I tried for a different one every week

  • haxell

    I like the Dover (giving it to my husband would certainly make him smile!). Generally speaking though I like to smile at – and speak to – people I come across every day. Some respond, some don’t but often someone seems very pleased to have a little chat about the weather etc. I loved this post – I’ve often said much the same and if everyone tried to make just one person’s day better every day how much happier the world would be. Hazel Rea – @beachrambler

  • Sarah Ann

    I started a gratitude journal and it was one of the best things I ever did. I love random acts of kindness, even just the smallest things like taking the time to properly thank someone can really make someone’s day.

  • Rebecca Brown

    The Shetland is brilliant!
    I make people smile with small acts of kindness like compliments or encouraging people to come together over shared home baked yummies

  • Ali

    I like the Dover one, it’s bright and zany! I love this post, so happy and upbeat!

  • john p

    I like the Dover one

  • Katie Kingsbury

    The Ipswich would be perfect for my husband 🙂 .

  • Lovely ideas on how to make someone smile – love the idea of book crossing and it is so easy to just smile at someone and give a little compliment 🙂

    Miriam x

  • Sheena Batey

    I would have the Newcastle watch as it’s a place with very fond associations for me.

  • Hi Suze,

    Excellent advice.

    I follow many of these tips. Especially smiling at folks.

    I especially love smiling at folks here in NYC. Some look away to ignore, others may even scowl, but I keep smiling, and not more folks smile back or at least nod. We do change the world one smile at a time, and it is so key not to let some folks who suffer – the unsmiling ones – to change our vibe.

    I have more compassion for these folks, these days, only because I know some suffering or pain or fear causes them not to smile, which ultimately I had to overcome, to be as bouncy and happy as I am today.

    Bonus points for those random acts of kindness. Hold the door open for a stranger, or do anything seemingly little, and you will feel better while brightening up someone’s day.

    Thanks for sharing Suze.


    • Margaret Gallagher

      Dover watch
      Holds so many happy memories

  • Jackie Mercer

    I like the Flint. It has a classic look.

  • David Waterson

    I like the Flint. Smile at them

  • Edmond Leung

    I like the Flint.

  • ray

    The Shetland

  • This watch and bow tie combo is just too cute. I love your 10 tips and I’ll try to make someone smile today 🙂

  • Oh so stylish and cute and the same time! Fab 🙂

  • Joanne Casey

    I like the Flint. Love your tips! I’ve made my mum smile today by taking a cooked meal round for her and my dad so she can rest her leg she injured when she fell a couple of days ago

  • This is a lovely post Suze, a smile can literally change a persons day for the greater good. You both look so gorgeous with your bow-ties!

    Laura xo


    Like the Ipswich, a simple smile and small acts of kindness

  • Clare Hubbard

    I like the Dover

  • Arnprior

    The Flint for moi!

  • Pops

    I like the flint best but they all look good

  • Louise Naud

    J aime beaucoup.

  • Monica Houghton

    I love gratitude journals, those are the best 🙂

  • Natasha Cross

    I like the westbury

  • Any Galván

    Really enjoyed this post! It’s always nice to read about ways on how to make others smile!

  • What sweet sets I have a few friends that would love these for Christmas Lucy x

  • GCforever

    I love the Edinburgh and the Kenley. A little surprise gift is my favourite way to make people smile.

  • james miller

    This blog made me smile. My favourite is the Richmond.

  • Marc-Andre Taillefer

    My favourite is the Richmond.

  • Rajeeva Jayaratne

    i like The Halifax.
    if i win and give this watch to my nephew he will really smile.

  • I love the tip to wear something zaney – because it’s so true! One of my friends Garnet used to wear a random outfit to the office once a week, sometimes it was a hat, sometimes an unusual pair of glasses, once she even came to the office wearing a fluffy onsie. Whatever crazy stuff she wore, she didn’t care, and was comfortable with it. Which instantly made everyone else smile x

  • Rachell Lynch

    the Richmond is cool. i try to make people.smile all the time, simple things like telling strangers they look nice or by sending my partner something nice in the post.

  • angela cringle

    These are lovely

  • Mrs Broomfield

    I love to make other people smile. In fact, I have my own Random Acts of Kindness blog which I use to give people ideas of kind things they can do for others.

  • Holly

    Aww I loved this! It’s so nice to read some positive things for a change 🙂

    Holly x

  • Cheddarcakes

    Richmond tie and best way to make someone smile is give them a cup of tea and hot buttery crumpets!

  • Mike Gerrie

    Being an Aberdonian I would have to go for the Aberdeen

  • Bev Cannar

    The Shetland
    Just a smile can make someone’s day!

  • Donna Large

    I like The Richmond.

  • piggy99

    Love the Cambridge. By complimenting someone on how well they look is uplifting. Raises self confidence and feel good factor.

  • Michelle Dagger

    I love the Richmond!

  • Paula Cheadle

    I like the look of the Flint one

  • Andrea Lloyd

    Richmond I like

  • Chloe Brill

    love the last one

  • Tina Houlihan

    These are ace. I especially love the Edinburgh.

  • Simone Griffin

    I would love to gift the Newcastle watch to a dear friend who lives there – that would make them smile x

  • Patricia Whittaker

    I love The Shetland. I would make somebody smile by taking round some vegetables I have grown on my allotment.

  • sharon martin

    i like The Bath. to make someone smile i’d surprise them with some homemade cupcakes

  • Jacqueline Roberts

    The Flint is lovely. I think the best way to make someone smile is to smile at them

  • Jane Skarratt

    Great & Quirky

  • Allan Fullarton

    Like the Richmond – looks good.

  • keithhunt

    Dover watch

  • Toni Pearson

    love The Flint. I would make my hubby smile by winning him this watch. xx

  • Tracey

    I personally love the Newcastle but hubby likes the Edinburgh xx The best way to make someone smile is to make them laugh or pay them a compliment 😀

  • Adrian Bold

    I like the Richmond.

  • aaron

    Love the Richmond

  • Jennifer Baker

    I love the Richmond x x x

  • Maria P

    Great & Quirky

  • I like ‘The Flint’. Best way to make someone smile is to give them chocolates !!

  • tracey anderson

    My most favourite is the ‘Newcastle’ watch 🙂
    Make someone smile by showing them you care. Just simply allowing them you’r seat on the bus, letting them go before you in a queue or even grabbing a hot drink for the homeless person on the street is such small tokens but can mean so much to others 🙂 x

  • Jacqui Rushton

    I love the Dover design – I like to make people smile by showing them a picture of my gorgeous little rabbit Niles, who is such an adorable cutie!

  • Christine Connell

    I needed this today! Such a great post and we need more people to think like you 🙂