10 GIFTS THAT ARE FREE

I first heard this list of “Gifts” at the funeral of my husband’s grandmother.  She gave these gifts all the time and I didn’t get to reflect that until I heard this at her funeral.  I want to give these gifts to my children, my family and my friends.  In honor of the holidays think about these extremely important gifts:

The Gift of Listening- To give this gift you must really listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your responses.  Just listen.

The Gift of Affection- Be generous with your hugs, kisses and gentle squeezes of the hand.  Let those tiny actions demonstrate your love.

The Gift of a Note- A note that says “I love you” or “I am thinking of you” can mean a lot. (You probably do this for your kids, but try tucking one into your husband’s brief case).

The Gift of Time- Offer to do something your loved one wants to do and give your undivided attention. (I think of how many times I start something with my kids, then am interrupted by the phone or other household chores)

The Gift of Gratitude- Count your blessings every day and cherish all of the positive aspects of your life. 

The Gift of Laughter- Cut out a cartoon, save a clever article, share a joke.  Your gift wil say, “I love to laugh with you”.

The Gift of a Compliment- A simple, “You did a good job” or “I like your shirt or sweater” or “Thanks for your help” can be of great value.

The Gift of a Favor-Run an errand or ask someone what you can do to help them.

The Gift of Solitude- There are times in our lives when we want to be alone, be sensitive to those times.

The Gift of a Cheerful Disposition-If you act happy, you will feel happy. 

6 thoughts on “10 GIFTS THAT ARE FREE

  1. This is SO powerful! Thanks for sharing…especially this time in our lives and all that is going on in our world today.

  2. I just printed this out. it is going on my fridge. You are the BEST! Thanks for reminding me of these things.

  3. I love these, Kristin….I printed the list out the moment i read it, so as always to be reminded of the things that matter most in life!!
    Thank you for the reminder! xx Devon

  4. Love this list… especially as Christmas is coming and our country is in the midst of an economic crisis – nice to be reminded that you don’t have to spend a lot (or any!) money to give a meaninful gift. I am going to print this out right now… thanks!

  5. i love these gifts…a few of them i have recently discovered…but mostly on the receiving end. I want to be the giver. I’m printing this out NOW. thank you!

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