I recently lost my best friend Joanne, days before my birthday and just months before my wedding. She was very excited to be a part of everything in my life that not having her around, especially for my wedding, reminds me of her lose every-single-day
Acknowledge the thoughtfulness of the gifts you received at Christmas by sending thank you notes or messages.
Give Thanks. Another gift where the cell phone is not welcome. When the table is set, and people are about to plunge into their turkey dinner, ask each person to give thanks for just one gift they have been given in the previous year. After each person gives thanks, be sure to let everyone around the table know that their presence in your life makes your life better.
Express Appreciation. Demonstrate your love to those around you in distinctive ways. For example, say, “I appreciate how you dress; I admire your style,” “I appreciate how you never give up but keep fighting!” Showing you care not only elevates the people around you but you as well.
Be Compassionate. Random acts of kindness are very empowering. They can include shovelling the sidewalk for an elderly person, leaving an anonymous present on the step of someone who is having “a rough time,” saying hello to people you don’t know or purchasing a coffee for someone waiting in the line behind you. The critical part is to do these things without any expectation of reciprocation.
Visit Shut-ins. Want to make a difference in this world? Visit a nursing home or seniors centre with a child, maybe with a present or two, and stop by and say hello to people. Unfortunately, many of our elderly spend many hours alone in nursing homes. The sight of a child fills many people with joy and happiness. The rewards of such visits will fill lonely hearts and fulfill souls who have forgotten that we are all in this cycle of life together.
For many, the Christmas season can be a very stressful time of rushing around trying to find and afford the perfect gifts for family and friends. Here are seven gifts that are suitable for children of any age, and I guarantee they will beat the best holiday deals you can find in stores. The best part? These gifts are free and given in a good way they will far outlast any store-bought gift.
Holiday time is here! Buy a favourite holiday beverage for someone in your life. It might be the school crossing guard, your child’s teacher, a neighbour or a work colleague.
Compliments make us feel better and work harder. What have you noticed that someone has put thought into? Is it the way they have balanced all the activities they’re involved with? Is it how they have spoken to their child? Is it how they have coordinated their outfit? Find a stranger and make a meaningful compliment that is specific and authentic.