The holiday season is around and we are all busy buying gifts at malls/online for our family members, friends, colleagues, bosses, teachers, business partners and to everyone that makes a difference in our life. This holiday season also try a little different way of gift giving that wouldn't cost you a penny. To give this gift you need not open your wallet or your purse, you just need to open your heart. You need not wait for a Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Christmas or any other occasion to give this gift, it can be given anytime, anywhere and to anyone.
We take many things for granted in our life, but take a minute and think about the people that are around you that make your life better. Give the gift of appreciation. Appreciate your spouse for all that he/she does around the house or outside the house to make your living better. Appreciate your kids for helping you with the chores around the house or for doing their work on time and tell them how much you love them. Appreciate your friends for being there when you needed them. Appreciate your employees for their hard work and the efforts that they put into a project. Appreciate your boss for his/her support and encouragement. Appreciate your teacher/mentor for guiding your way.
A word of appreciation or a word of thanks would not cost you anything, but it can have a great impact on the people around you. It makes people happy, it encourages them to do more of the good things they are doing, it increases their productivity, it builds their confidence and it contributes to the overall positive energy. But let me warn you, once you start giving this gift whole heartedly you won't feel like stopping it - it can get very addictive.