Dealing with heartbreak is devastating. A person can be heartbroken from a break-up, a death or another loss that affects the friend deeply. If you have a friend who is suffering, you may feel helpless, but it doesn't have to be that way. The little things you do can help cheer your friend up.
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Make your friend laugh. Send a funny card. Laughter decreases stress and can strengthen a person's immune system, according to MedicineNet.com.
Take your friend on a road trip. This is a chance to see something new and get away from everyday life which may have painful memories. Invite a few other people and enjoy the experience.
Visit an amusement park. Enjoy the rides and be a kid again. This is a chance to just live for the moment and not deal with worries or cares.
Encourage your friend with words. Tell her how loved she is. Let her know you are there for her. Your kind words will remind her how much she is cared for and hopefully bring a smile.
Bring him his favourite food or treat. You can cook it or get it from his favourite restaurant. The point is to comfort him with something that he gets enjoyment from. This gesture also shows that you want to make him happy and bring a little cheer.
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- BeliefNet; Twenty-One Ways to Help a Grieving Friend; Lori A. Pederson
- "Glamour"; Six ways to Cheer Up a Friend Who is Feeling Down; Rosemary Brennan; January 2011
- "Glamour"; How Do You Console a Friend Who Just Got Dumped? Our Three Steps to Feeling Better...; Joanna Goddard; October 2008
- BeliefNet: Top Ten Ways to Heal Spiritually From a Break-Up
- MedicineNet.com; Laughter Not Only Feels Good, It's Good for the Heart; Robert Preidt