Eight Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent

Motivational Story

 

“Years leave wrinkles upon the skin…but the loss of enthusiasm, of passion and ideals, leaves wrinkles on the soul.” — Schopenhauer

 

In the economy of the heart, these presents are priceless.

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 with both ears.

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
Everyday, go out of your way to do something kind. Be thoughtful.

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 and may arrive at the perfect time. Show your appreciation to the important people in your life — it only takes a moment and can mean so much.

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.

 

“Don’t ask yourself what the world needs. Ask yourself what makes you come alive and then go for that. Because what the world needs is people who have come alive.” -Harold Whitman Thurman

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