Buying presents is a common way to show our appreciation towards our loved ones and friends during Christmas. However, it also possible give things that cost nothing and yet have great impact in the lives of the people we care about.
Here are 7 little gestures, all of them easily within our grasp that can spread goodwill this Christmas:
1. Compliment Someone:
There’s nothing like a warm, sincere compliment to brighten someone’s day. Praise your children for being in a giving spirit. Thank your parents for everything they’ve done for you. While at a Christmas party, tell someone how much you like their outfit or hair or how much you appreciate their gift. If having dinner at your favourite restaurant, compliment the chef by telling him how much you enjoy that special Christmas meal. Remember, the more you give, the more you’ll receive!
2. Make Something for Someone:
The most heartfelt gifts are always those that are made with a personal touch. Bake an extra batch of cookies, create a Christmas card or write a poem and give them to your loved ones and friends. Give without expectations – whether they return the favor or not, whether they like it or not, whether they’re nice to you or not, these are all irrelevant.
3. Send a Letter, Email, Facebook Greeting, or Text Message:
In today’s connected world Christmas e-cards are easy. Send an e-card with a heartfelt message to someone you haven’t spoken with for a while. Send a text or Facebook message to wish someone a merry Christmas just to be nice. Maybe they’ll respond, maybe not – it’s besides the point. They just need to know that they’re important to you – especially on an important day like Christmas.
4. Commend Your employees
If you are a boss, take the opportunity tell your employees what a great job they’ve done. Note your employee’s name and email, and send them each a personal note to express your appreciation. If you are an employee surprise your boss with a sincere compliment.
5. Share Your Skills
Do you bake the world’s best Christmas cookies? Are you good at making Christmas ornaments? Put your skills to work and help out a friend with a project they’re working on. Or take some time to share your skills by putting together a tutorial and share it with your friends either in person or on YouTube.
6. Let Someone Shine
Put a spotlight on someone else’s talents by letting them provide entertainment at your party, showcase their cooking skills or be a photographer at your event. Ran out of Christmas cards? Why not use something your friend drew for invitations?
7. Connect Like Minds
Bringing guests to a family Christmas party? Introduce your friends to relatives who you feel have similar interests with one another. In doing so, you’ll let your friends know that you value them as if they were members in your family.