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By H. Daniels
I love to try to cheer up my man when he’s sad or sick. It makes me feel good to know that I can still makes him smile after all of these years. Here are some ways that you can cheer up your man when he’s feeling down in the dumps.
#1) When He Is Sick
Everyone hates being sick. You feel cruddy and useless and I’m not even going to go into the bodily fluids. So here are some things that you can do to try and cheer up your man when he is down for the count with a cold or flu.
Make him a first aid kit for his heart. Find a box (or a basket) and fill it with this favorite things: perhaps his favorite movie on dvd, his favorite drink to help keep him hydrated, some treats, a get well note, some lip balm, a bottle of honey, some cough drops, and a box of Kleenex. Adorn it with a first aid cross and some hearts. Then surprise him by setting it by the bed for him to find when he wakes up.
Sometimes you have to go to work when you’re sick. I always feel bad for my man when he has to drag his sick butt out of bed to deal with frustrating coworkers. In times like these, an “Energy Jar” can come in handy.
The things that would go in the jar vary on taste but I’d try to keep it to non-processed. Bits of dried fruit (blueberries, pineapple, apple chips, banana chips, etc.) or dark chocolate is healthy in moderation and good for giving you a boost of energy. If you have kids, have them draw up a label for the jar. That should cheer him up when he’s at work.
#2) When He Is Blue
When my baby’s blue, I like to cheer him up with homemade cards and notes. I put a lot of thought into them and try to make them funny (with an inside joke). It helps crack the ice so that he can tell me what’s going on.
How about trying to brighten up his day with something colorful. Bake him some M&M cookies. Make him a colorful card or note. Have the kids draw up something bright for him. And if those things don’t brighten up his day, why not try to get some fresh air.
A change of scenery will also change the atmosphere and often has a good effect on mood. Take your man to the park and enjoy a bright sunny day. Take him to his favorite café or bookstore.
#3) When It Has To Do With Work
Not everyone feels appreciated when they’re at work. You can’t change how his coworkers and boss treat him but you can make sure that he feels appreciated when he’s at home.
Have an impromptu Daddy’s Day for him. Have the kids make him up something special (a card or a craft) and put it in a basket with some of his favorite treats: cookies, beer, soft drinks, the remote control, maybe even a book of coupons for around the house.
#4) When You Have To Say “I’m Sorry”
Apologizing to a loved one for saying or doing something that was hurtful is always hard but it is the right thing to do. The key is to give him a little time to himself and then try to open the lines of communication in a natural way. Don’t force it. If he doesn’t want to talk, then give him more time.
If you want to jumpstart it a little, leave a note or a card somewhere where he will find it and can open it when he feels ready. The more time and effort you put it in, the more meaningful it will be. So take your time, choose your words carefully, and make sure you put a lot of love into it.
They also say that the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, so why not throw in some of his favorite treats.
#5) When He Won’t Tell You
Let’s face it, sometimes we just don’t want to talk about what is wrong. If you can’t recall doing something to upset him and if he doesn’t want to talk about it, then I suggest trying to gingerly open a line of communication, then letting it go. Try to focus on the positive and when he feels comfortable, he will let you know what’s going on.
If you want to just have him crack a smile, do something cute like make a seven-day-love-advent calendar for him using one of those 1 week pill containers: fill each day with a piece of candy and a little love note and leave it on his office desk.
Make little tags to put on his things around the house. I love you notes that are personalized just for him. Make some lunch box love notes for him if you make lunch for him every morning.