Reading for Treasure

Send an unexpected small gift.

Posted at May 10, 2017 8:00 am

It can take surprisingly little effort to make someone’s day. In many cases, it only requires that you act on impulses you already have.

For example, suppose you’re at the grocery and see a small box of your Aunt’s favorite candy or other “what-cha-ma-call-it.” What do you do? If you’re like me (at least the way I am most days), you spare a passing thought for her before hustling from the candy aisle over to the produce section.

But on my better days, I actually pick up that small box of candy (or the card, or silly button or whatever it is that made me think of the someone special). It usually doesn’t cost me more than a dollar or two. Then, I spring for the cost of a stamp, and pop the memento in the mail. On my really good days, I include a note card (or post-it) simply saying “I saw this and it made me think of you.”

presentAfter that, the magic begins.

Often you’ll receive a call, text, IM, or even a thank you note from the recipient. More often than not, they will say that the memento came at a time when they needed a pick-me-up. Or that it caused them to think warm thoughts of you.

At the very least, you’ll get a warm feeling when you imagine that special person opening your gift and smiling.

In an earlier post, I talked about love languages. Click here to see post! For people who enjoy “gifts” as a primary love language, this works especially well. For those who are primary in “words of affirmation” you can skip the small gift and just send the thinking of you card.

Want to make a habit of brightening someone’s day? Pre-address some cards and have them ready to send out with a work of encouragement whenever the mood strikes you. Or, if you’re going “On Z Road” and plan to be out of town for a while, prepare a stack of cards and small letters before you leave. Then, in the corner where the stamp belongs, write the date on which to send the letter. Ask a friend—or your house sitter— to mail them on appropriate days. This technique works especially well if you want to kzeep in touch with an a beloved relative or friend who is either elderly or very young. It lets them hear from you—even if you are several time zones away and unable to call.

In the end, a minute or two of your time can make you a hero in their eyes. And who doesn’t want to be a hero?

 

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