Eight Gifts That Don’t Cost a Cent

1. The Gift of Listening
You’ve heard this before, right? We should all be better listeners. You can give a true gift by really listening–no interruptions, no day-dreaming, no planning a response. Just listening. The Bible tells us to be “”quick to listen.” (James 1:19)

2. The Gift of Laughter
Nothing melts anger or tension better than a laugh. Send a humorous email. Share a funny story. Begin that awkward meeting or conversation with an icebreaker. Your gift says, “I love to laugh with you.”

3. The Gift of Affection
Scientific research shows that we need affection and touch. Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, and pats on the back. These small actions show love to family and friends.

4. The Gift of a Written Note
Start your day by writing a thank you note–a handwritten note or encouraging email can get another’s day started on the right foot.

5. The Gift of a Compliment
Before you speak to someone, frame an appropriate compliment in your mind. You may comment on what they are wearing, what they did, or what you like about them. A kind word can change someone’s day. Nothing builds up others like a kind word (Ephesians 4:29).

6. The Gift of a Favor
Random acts of kindness are contagious. Be creative! The more you do this the more creative you will get.

7. The Gift of Solitude
Sometimes the best gift we can receive is being left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give others the solitude they need. Offer to babysit for those tired new parents who just need a break.

8. The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition
There are just some people who naturally light up a room when they enter. The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone. Go out of your way to say “hello” or “thank you”.

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