(1) The Gift of Listening...But you really must listen. No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response. Just listening.
(2) 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.
(3) The Gift of Laughter…Clip cartoons.
Share articles and funny stories. Your gift will
say, “I love to laugh with you.”
(4) The Gift of a Written
Note...It can be a simple “Thanks for the help” note
or a full sonnet. A brief, handwritten note may be
remembered for a lifetime and may even change a
(5) The Gift of a Compliment…A
simple and sincere, “You look great in red,” “You
did a super job,” or “That was a wonderful meal” can
make someone’s day.
(6) The Gift of a Favor…Every day, go
out of your way to do something kind.
(7) The Gift of Solitude…There
are times when we want nothing better than to be
left alone. Be sensitive to those times and give the
gift of solitude to others.
(8) The Gift of a Cheerful
Disposition…The easiest way to feel good is to
extend a kind word to someone, really it’s not that
hard to say, “Hello” or “Thank you.”
- Author Unknown; via The Central Message, the weekly
bulletin of the Central Church of Christ in Paducah
KY. Jim Faughn serves as an elder and preacher
for the congregation. He may be contacted
through the congregation's website at: