Giving is good for the soul. It helps you to think outside your own problems and helps you think of another person – their likes, what makes them happy, what they need or what would bring them joy and make them smile.
To make another person happy, well it makes you happy too. To show others that you are thinking about them and appreciate them, even if it is something small, to them it may be huge, and it might make all the difference to them.
Of course it doesn’t need to be something expensive, or even cost you anything at all.
A handmade gift, a bunch of flowers, a chocolate cake, or even your time.
An hour spent visiting someone who is not well, or going through a hard time. Some time and effort spent doing some gardening for an elderly person or even just a phone call to let someone know you are thinking of them. It all goes towards making someone else feel good.
Give in the right spirit too. Straight from your heart. Give and don’t expect something back in return. If something comes back to you, then that is lovely to know that they were thinking of you too. But if it doesn’t then be joyful in the knowledge that you made someone else’s day better.
If you are able then giving your time at a charity, helping serve meals to the homeless, helping at a shelter, volunteering your time to help those that aren’t as fortunate as you are. Be generous with your time.
In years to come when people look back and remember past events and get togethers, I can almost say with a certainly that it will not be the gifts that they remember, but it will be the people they were with, the laughs they had, the stories they shared. That will be the fond memories that they will look back on with a warm, happy feeling. Those memories will be treasured forever.
Have fun giving to the ones that you love.