What if there were a simple way to give heartfelt gifts to dozens, maybe hundreds of people during the holidays that cost you nothing? There is, says Dr. Noelle Nelson, author of The Power of Appreciation.
“It’s a matter of choosing to say thank you to others,” says Nelson. Nelson says that thank yous can be given any time, anywhere, to anyone. “A favourite of mine is to thank someone who least expects it and so often feels invisible—people on the job every day to make our lives better—the postal carrier, the janitor or crossing guard at your child’s school, those working in the produce department at your grocery store. Nothing beats giving that tiniest bit of holiday joy with a heartfelt thank you.”
Compliments are other free gifts that make a big impact. “Simply comment on something positive about a person or their behaviour,” says Nelson. “Compliments can be given to friends, family, and total strangers. Genuine compliments to cashiers, customer relations employees, baristas and delivery people who are working extra hard during this hectic time of the year are always appreciated. It could be as simple as ‘This coffee tastes great!’ or ‘I couldn’t have figured it out without your help.’ If you have a genuine compliment to give, share it.”
Nelson says she hopes that the idea of thanking and complimenting others becomes a habit long after the holidays are over. “It not only makes others feel good, but it also makes you feel good. Try it.”