I’ve been cleaning out some files and found a document titled Eight Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent. Since it is the season of giving, I thought it would be fun to share the eight gifts with you all. Whether you apply these to your personal or professional life, I think all eight statements are important things to remember.
1. The Gift of Listening – Don’t interrupt, don’t daydream, and don’t plan your repsonse. Just listen.
2. The Gift of Affection – Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family, friends, and students.
3. The Gift of Laughter – Clip cartoons. Share articles, funny stories, and jokes. Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
4. The Gift of Solitude – There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
5. The Gift of a Favor – Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.
6. The Gift of a Written Note – It can be a simple “Thanks for the help!” note or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime.
7. The Gift of a Compliment – A simple and sincere, “You look great in red.”, “You did a super job!” or “That was a wonderful meal?” can make someone’s day.
8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition – The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone (and to have a good/positive attitude in good and difficult situations).
Remember, people who take care of their relationships build whole and happy lives.