Hello Gold Star Squad, and welcome to Tune Up Tuesday!
It's the holiday season, but it hasn't been a great year for many of us from a financial perspective. So today, I thought I might inspire you by giving you some ideas for appreciating the ones you love on the cheap this December! Some of the nicest gifts are ones that truly do not cost anything (okay, in the case of number 4 below it could cost the price of a stamp!).
"EIGHT GIFTS THAT DO NOT COST A CENT: 1. The Gift of Listening: But you must really listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening. 2. The Gift of Affection: Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back etc. Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends. Remember that friendships are tied together by heart-strings – not purse-strings. 3. The Gift of Laughter: Clip cartoons and jokes; pass them on. Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will say, 'I love to laugh with you'. 4. The Gift of a Written Note: It can be a simple 'thanks for your help,' a card with your own message, a poem. (In this electronic age, it can be done by email) It could be remembered for a lifetime – even change a life. 5. The Gift of a True Compliment: A simple and sincere 'You look great in red,' 'You did a super job,' or 'It was a wonderful meal' can make someone's day. 6. The Gift of a Favor: Every day, go out of your way to do something kind. Remember: 100 years from now it will not matter what kind of car I drove, what kind of house I lived in, or how much money I had in the bank, nor what my clothes looked like. But the world will be a little better because I was helpful in someone's life. 7. The Gift of Solitude: There are times when we want nothing more than to be left alone . . . quiet. Be sensitive to those times in others. 8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition: The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Really, it's not that hard to smile and say 'Hello' or 'Thank you'. Attitudes are contagious – is yours worth catching?" – Source unknown
I absolutely love all of these gifts, but my top three faves are the gift of a written note, the gift of laughter, and the gift of a cheerful disposition!
Which one is your favorite? What gift could you give to someone this holiday season that doesn’t cost anything?? Let us know in the comments!