6 Ways to Cheer Up a Loved One Who Is Feeling Down...

There are times when even the peppiest people feel a little blue. If one of your friends, a family member or even your boyfriend is feeling a bit down in the dumps, here are six simple ways you can help give your loved one a bit of happiness.

Have a movie night (or day).
Grab a bunch of DVDs he or she loves and have a marathon movie session on the couch. You can make popcorn, snack on candy in movie-theater boxes and sip soda. It can be really relaxing to just veg in front of the television with a friend by your side; there's not so much pressure to talk while watching a favorite movie or television series but if your pal feels the need to vent, you'll be right there.

Cook a favorite dish.
Make a batch of this special person's favorite cookies or a even a savory casserole he or she can't get enough of. Swing by his or her home and drop it off with a heartfelt note.

Just listen.
Sometimes when a person is feeling down, they just need to talk it out. Sit down with your pal over a cup of tea or coffee and really pay attention to his or her words. It's natural to feel like we should add to the conversation, but it's often wonderfully helpful to just open your ears and take it all in.

Get out of the house.

If it seems your friend has been cooped up indoors and is need of some fresh air, hit the great outdoors together. You two could take a walk around the block or even visit an outdoor shopping center. A thirty minute car ride might also help get your pal's mind off things.

Open up your home.
Invite him or her over to your house to just hang out. You two could watch television, play board games or just sit around and gossip.

Send out your love.
If you live far from this person, send a card with a sweet note written on the inside. If you can find a old picture of the two of you being silly, tuck it inside of the card to give your pal a smile.