Holiday Giving

by Bill Mansell on December 15, 2010 | One Minute Motivators

The holidays are a time of giving.  People scramble around, rushing from store to  store, spending hours online, scouring newspaper ads—just to find the perfect  gift for a loved one.  It’s a wonderful  time of year when we tend to appreciate our relationships and thank those who  mean so much to us.

Ironically, because it is so busy, it’s also a time of year  when people get a little grouchy and surly with each other.  We tend to snap at people, even our loved  ones.  We often fill every free moment  with preparations or celebrations, and leave little time to relax with family  and friends to feel the joy of the season.

The best gifts you can give to your loved ones don’t cost  money.  They do take effort, but they  will make a huge impact.  What more could  you want: free gifts with a huge, lasting impact?!

Here are my top 5 free gifts for the holidays:

  1. Smile  and be pleasant. This can take work, especially during the holidays, but it  will make someone’s day and improve yours at the same time.
  2. Spread  only good news (not just about other people, but about everything!)  There’s always plenty of bad news to talk  about, just give it a rest until January.
  3. Spread  holiday cheer (wish people well, go caroling, decorate, visit neighbors, participate  in community holiday events).
  4. Set  aside time for family and loved ones.   Why not set aside at least one “family night” where you don’t have  anything planned.  Turn off the TV and  just enjoy talking.  Relive happy  memories of holidays past, share stories, play games, laugh and love.
  5. Do  a random act of anonymous service.   Whether you do it alone or as a family, nothing brings the holiday  spirit better than serving someone else quietly, without credit or fanfare.

From all of the MindPerk  team, we want to thank you for a wonderful year.  It has been our pleasure serving you with  products and information to make your personal and professional life  better.  We wish you a happy and  prosperous 2012.

Happy Holidays!

Bill Mansell is president of MindPerk, Inc., one of the web's largest resources for self improvement and business training. A dynamic speaker and success coach, Bill is the author of a weekly blog titled, One Minute Motivators. Bill helps companies and organizations inspire and motivate their team members to consistently achieve more. His contagious enthusiasm has helped people from all walks of life to reach and exceed their goals.

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eva December 23, 2011

Excellent advice – just perfect for me, thank you !

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Marla December 15, 2010

This was just what I needed to read! Thank you for this perspective–It will help with the crazy day I have ahead.

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