After Thanksgiving Day on Thursday when we will be officially in the Christmas shopping season, our thoughts will be focused on what gifts to buy our loved ones on our Christmas list. In addition to the gifts you buy, think about giving these priceless gifts on the following list.
These dont have to be bought, wrapped, mailed, or exchanged, and best of all, one size fits all. They are simple things that are a gift of yourself, cost only a little effort, and can bring great joy to others. They are not necessarily just for Christmas, and you can give them freely to others all year long! Heres the list...
EIGHT GIFTS THAT DO NOT COST A CENT:
1. THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION:
The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind cheery word to someone. Its really not so hard to say, Hello or Thank you.
2. THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT:
You can really brighten someones day with a simple and sincere, You look great in red, That was a terrific dinner, or You did a super job.
3. THE GIFT OF LISTENING:
To be a good listener you must REALLY listen. Let the other person speak with no interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response...just listening!
4. 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.
5. THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER:
Share your laughter and humor by clipping cartoons, jokes, articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, I love to laugh with you!
6. THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE:
You can send someone a simple note that says, Thanks for the help, or a poem, story, or any kind of upbeat message. The most brief, handwritten note can be remembered for a lifetime, and even change a life, you just never know.
7. THE GIFT OF A FAVOR:
Every day, go out of your way to do something kind for someone else. There are plenty of opportunities for you to do something nice for a friend, relative, or co-worker on a daily basis. Show the love of Christ with your acts of kindness to others. Let them see Jesus in you.
8. THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE:
There a times when we all want nothing better than to be left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.
Thankfulness is the soil in which joy thrives.
Thankfulness is simply awareness of the givers in your life.
You cannot name one thing that was not given to you.