101 Gifts to Give All Year Long

101 Gifts to Give All Year Long

From A 4th Course of Chicken Soup for the Soul

101 Gifts to Give All Year Long

1. Smile.

2. Provide a shoulder to lean on.

3. Pat someone on the back.

4. Say “thank you.”

5. Give an unexpected kiss.. .

6.. .. or a warm hug.

7. Say, “You look wonderful!” and mean it.

8. Rub a tired back.

9. Whistle when you’re feeling down.

10. Send a thank-you card to an old teacher.

11. Say “Good morning,” even if it isn’t.

12. Mail an unexpected and caring letter to an old friend.

13. Place a surprise phone call.

14. Wash the dishes when it’s not your turn.

15. Empty the trash when it’s not your turn.

16. Ignore a rude remark.

17. Send a “one-minute love call.”

18. Start off someone’s day with a joke or funny story.

19. Make coffee at the office for your secretary, for example.

20. Save the want ads for a job hunter.

21. Write an encouraging letter to the editor.

22. Take Grandma or Grandpa to lunch.

23. Send a “thinking of you” card.

24. Wave and smile at a parking enforcement officer.

25. Pay your bills on time.

26. Give your used clothes to a needy person.

27. Pass on some good news. Don’t pass on the gossip.

28. Say something nice to someone.

29. Lend a favorite book. Don’t nag to get it back.

30. Return a friend’s favorite book.

31. Play catch with a little kid.

32. Help someone figure out a solution instead of giving advice.

33. Take a box of homemade cookies to work.

34. Visit an elderly shut-in.

35. Laugh at a boring joke.

36. Tell your partner that she is beautiful.

37. Serve breakfast in bed and clean up afterward.

38. Clean the house for Mom and Dad.

39. Share a dream.

40. Walk with your partner on a regular basis.

41. Keep a confidence.

42. Try to understand a teenager. Try again and again. Succeed.

43. Let someone ahead of you in line.

44. Catch someone “doing it right” and say, “Great job!”

45. Say please.

46. Say yes when you’d rather say no.

47. Explain patiently.

48. Tell the truth, but with kindness and tact. Ask, “Does the other person really need to hear this?”

49. Encourage a sad person.

50. Spread a little joy.

51. Do a kind deed anonymously.

52. Share your umbrella.

53. Leave a funny card under a windshield wiper.

54. Tape a love note to the refrigerator.

55. Give someone a flower from your garden.

56. Share a beautiful sunset with someone you love.

57. Say, “I love you” first. Say it often.

58. Share a funny story with someone whose spirits are dragging.

59. Free yourself of envy and malice.

60. Encourage some youth to do her best.

61. Share an experience and offer hopefulness.

62. Find the time. Yes, you can. It involves making new choices.

63. Think things through.

64. Listen.

65. Examine your demands on others. Give some of them up.

66. Lighten up. Find the funny side of a situation.

67. Take a quiet walk when you feel like blowing your top.

68. Be a friend.

69. Be optimistic.

70. Express your gratitude.

71. Read something uplifting to someone.

72. Do what you value and value what you do.

73. If you see litter on the sidewalk, pick it up instead of walking over it.

74. Be genuine.

75. Walk tall.

76. Never miss an opportunity to be affectionate to your loved ones.

77. Invite a loved one to snuggle and lie on the grass on a summer’s night while you look at the stars.

78. Look for something beautiful in one person everyday.

79. Take someone on a surprise outing.

80. Ask a friend for help, even when you don’t need it.

81. Be quiet in a library.

82. Help someone change a tire.

83. Tell a bedtime story to a little one or ask the little one to tell you a story.

84. Share your vitamin C.

85. Give a blanket to a homeless person 86. Mail someone a poem.

87. Leave your letter-carrier a little gift.

88. Point out the beauty and wonder of nature to those you love.

89. Allow someone a mistake.

90. Allow yourself several mistakes.

91. Take someone to the circus.

92. Use just one parking space.

93. Consider a different point of view.

94. Let your partner win at golf.

95. Forgive an old grudge.

96. Talk with a lonely child.

97. Laugh at an old joke.

98. Take the kids to the park.

99. Be the “eyes and ears” for your friends.

100. Buy the wine your partner likes.

101. Let go of the urge to be critical of someone.

Hanoch and Meladee McCarty

Excerpted from
Acts of Kindness

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