Wednesday, December 2, 2009

Tis the Season for Giving

Eight Gifts that Don't Cost a Cent!
This simple checklist can help measure how you are nurturing your relationships.

The Gift of Listening
But you must really listen. Don't interrupt, don't daydream, and don't plan your response. Just listen.

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 and friends.

The Gift of Laughter
Clip cartoons. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

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.

The Gift of a Favor
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind. Good deeds are cool.
The Gift of a Written Note
It can be a simple "Thanks for your help" note, or a longer expression of your appreciation for that person being in your life. A brief handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime.

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.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.
These are eight important ways we can contribute toward whole and healthy relationships. They cost nothing, yet they may well be the most valuable gifts we can ever offer another person.

(received via email)


jams o donnell said...

So very true. None of these cost a penny

James Higham said...

I like the last one in particular.

CherryPie said...

What lovely thoughts for the season :-)

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Mrs Successful said...

You write a great blog, HGF (the gift of a compliment). Sending a big hug your way (the gift of affection). I'm picking up on all your tips (the gift of listening). I wish I'd found these tips first (the gift of laughter - along with the burden of envy). xx

His Girl Friday said...

I thought this was a nice reminder of the more important things in life...especially at the onset of the "silly season" :)

James Higham said...

We're having a quiet one this year.

Jimmy Bastard said...

Works well if you are unlucky enough to be unemployed.

lucy said...

wonderful list! i have a post muddling around in my brain about this very topic... stay tuned and i will link here if it manages to manifest onto paper. hugs to you!

Peajay said...

I loved this post Cousin, so often we miss the little things because we are caught up with the big things. A timely reminder, thank you.

His Girl Friday said...

Merry Christmas all! :)