- Have you received gifts last Christmas that you truly loved?
- Did someone surprise you that made your day and warmed your heart?
- Or you simply just want to thank someone for his or her presence and impact in your life?
Doing something good daily as an act of gratefulness does not require much, may not cost anything at all, and may actually brighten someone’s day.
I believe in the power of random acts of kindness. That even just one good deed can spark change and impact other people’s lives in a positive way.
As a way of thanking God for giving me a gift of ideation, let me share the blessing with a few suggestions you can work with. Remember, you may do these not only on special occasions, but at any given day.
Here are a few fun and easy ways you can do to create wonderful memories as you say thank you to the special people in your life:
1. Give them something. You may choose to give them a thank you gift as well in a form of a token, a trinket, or a trophy of sorts. You can create and print a photo collage for them or a video clip of both their ordinary and special moments, sort of like a “living eulogy” or a tribute. Leave them a note of thanks with a piece of chocolate or snack on their office desk.
2. Do something for them. Cook for them or baby-sit for them. Do a piece of their work to lessen their daily burdens. Look at their to-do list and do one of those action items for them. With their permission and if you can, clean a portion of their house. Make them feel special for a day.
3. Take them somewhere. Bring them to their favorite restaurant or any of their hang-out places. Treat them to a movie that you know they’ll love watching, or an amusement park with fun rides. If you can afford it, take them to an all-expense paid out-of-town (or -country) trip.
Whether yours or someone else’s, gratefulness cures unhappiness, bitterness and discontentment. It’s a good and healthy habit to develop. It can even be an awesome lifestyle to live with.
This year, as always, I resolve to live thankful for the many things I’m blessed with. And I hope to express that thankfulness in some of the best ways I can.
How about you? What are you thankful for? To whom are you grateful for?