1. Be Kind. You never truly know what someone is going through or has been through. A simple smile is no skin off of your back and could make someone's day a little brighter.
2. Learn how to make several dishes really well - even if it's a simple pasta, lasagna, or colorful salad.
3. Always be ready for a coffee date - Invite a neighbor or a friend for coffee. Keep a box of Pepperidge Farm cookies in the pantry. Talk less about yourself and be a great listener. Say something kind and send them on their way. Know how to throw a party and be a most gracious hostess. It doesn't take that much effort to put out some cheese and crackers, chips and dip and a bottle of wine. A small gathering of friends can bring so much joy to others and yourself.
4. Treat the person you are speaking to, wherever you are, like they are the most important person in the world at that moment. People won't soon forget how special you made them feel.
|There is one person in my life who I can honestly say makes everyone she speaks to feel like the most wonderful person in the world. I want to be like her when I grow up. She is loved by so many in return.|
5. Speak up for the underdog. Know someone who is being bullied? Mistreated? Abused even? Reach out, speak up, stand up. Do Something. If you notice someone is in need of clothes or help or hygiene products, give a little of what you have...twenty dollars worth of something is worth millions to someone in need and won't set you back that much.
6. Love your children so much it hurts - tell them a happy story at the end of every day. Always tell them you love them before they leave, and how happy you are to see them when they get home. Try not to forget that you are the center of this very crazy world, even if they don't know it.
7. If you have been the recipient of a kind gesture, or if you are moved beyond words at something someone did for you, then write a thank you note. It takes no more than five minutes and less than fifty cents to mail, and it makes someone feel like doing it again in the future. Everyone likes to be appreciated.
8. Call your grandparents or parents to say you were thinking of them. Even if it's just a five minute phone call or even a message - it tells them you took the time to show you care- you'll be glad you did.
9. Put the wind in your spouse's sails. If you are not encouraging each other to do well and do the things you love, what's the point? Does your wife love to paint, urge her to take a class once a week while you bond with the kids...if your husband loves soccer, encourage him to participate in an indoor adult league. Don't stop doing what you love because you're married..encourage the child in your spouse to come out and play.
10. Did someone in your life make a difference in yours? Was it a teacher? A neighbor? An aunt, a boss or friend? Tell them. Let them know that because of them you see things differently, or better, or perhaps they changed the course of your life and you never told them. Showing appreciation for someone going the extra mile with you or for you is an amazing act of repayment.
|Tell someone that they made a difference in your life.|
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