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The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.  It’s not hard to be polite and courteous, to say “hello” or “thank you.”
Many thoughts of giving this year revolve around material things, but let me encourage you to be mindful of the other types of giving that are so important.  Someone compiled a list of eight things we can all give (and receive):
  • Give the Gift of Listening – Really listen.  No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.  Just listening.
  • Give the Gift of Affection – Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.  Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.
  • Give the Gift of Laughter – Clip cartoons, share articles, funny stories, and a good joke.  Your gift will say, “I love to laugh with you.”
  • Give the Gift of a Written Note – It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note or an “I appreciate you” note.  A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.
  • Give the Gift of a Compliment – Everyone needs encouragement.  Mark Twain said, “One compliment can keep me going for a whole month.”
  • Give the Gift of a Favor – Go out of your way to do something kind for someone.
  • Give the Gift of Solitude – There are times when we want nothing more than to have some peace and quiet.  Be sensitive to those times, and give the gift of solitude to others.
  • Give the Gift of a Cheerful Disposition – The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone.  It’s not hard to be polite and courteous, to say “hello” or “thank you.”
May this be a month of beautiful giving and beautiful receiving for you!
Copyright © Tony Cooke Ministries
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Tony Cooke
Web site: Tony Cooke Ministries
 
Since 2002, Tony and Lisa have traveled full-time with an assignment of “Strengthening Churches and Leaders.” Tony’s passion for teaching the Bible has taken him to forty-six states and twenty-six nations. Tony, and Lisa reside in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma and are the parents of two adult children, Laura and Andrew.
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