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Eight Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent


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.