How to cheer someone up without spending a thing

It can be hard to see someone you love feeling low. Perhaps a friend is going through a break-up or an elderly relative is feeling lonely (for more serious concerns about the treatment of elderly relatives in nursing homes, see this Berwyn medication errors lawyer). Whatever the situation, we all want to cheer up our loved ones and make them feel happier.

But it can feel difficult to cheer someone up when your funds are low. In an ideal world, you’d send a hamper to your friend, take your mum to the spa or treat your partner to a meal. You feel worthless not being able to afford gestures that show that you care. But you shouldn’t. We can all cheer up our loved ones without spending a thing. So, what can you do?

Be present

Cheering someone up doesn’t need to involve grand gestures. Simply being present and showing that you’re there is enough. We all need a shoulder to cry on, and we respect the friends that are there for us through thick and thin. So, showing up, bringing tissues and making them laugh is the best way to cheer them up – and better yet, it doesn’t cost a thing.

Home-made gifts

There are certain situations where gift giving seems mandatory, such as sending food or flowers when someone is grieving. But this can be difficult when funds are low. You don’t want to seem like you don’t care enough to send a gift. What can you do? Gifts don’t need to be expensive. In fact, they don’t need to cost anything at all. A home-made gift often shows that you care more than something shop-bought and expensive. You could bake brownies, pick some flowers from your garden or make them a bracelet. If you’re not the most creative, something lacking in finesse might even make them laugh!


Walking can be extremely therapeutic. Many people benefit from stomping around and talking about their problems. So, while you might not be able to take your friend to Disney World or your mum to the spa, going out for a walk is totally free and equally enjoyable. So, put on your walking boots and take them on an adventure.


Sometimes, your loved one doesn’t want to talk. And that’s ok. But, when you have no money in your bank account and were relying on your amazing listening skills to cheer them up, it can feel a little tricky. But don’t worry. Put on a ‘cheer up’ movie that you know they’ll love and watch it together. A predictable rom-com or silly Disney film will cheer them up in no time.

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