Giving Back: Love Languages
Photo Credit: Erika Dash Photography
If you are like me, one of my top love languages is to give. I really love finding the perfect gift to give to someone. Usually I hunt for gifts for a while, and Christmas-time is truly one of my favorite times to find the perfect gift. However, it doesn’t mean that Christmas or the holidays are the only time you can reach out and show someone you care. Sometimes receiving a gift or note (or if your love language is words of affirmation to give), or giving one, can make someone’s day.
My belief has always been that there is no time like the present to lift someone up.
Whether that be through a sweet note, a homemade treat, a phone call, time spent together, or a small gift, it is the best thing to do to be able to lift someone else up. Sometimes the best gestures can come at the time when someone else needs it more than anything. You never know what someone else is going through, and just by showing you care, can make the biggest difference.
Here are some ways that you too can reach out, or even use one of these ideas and leave it as a surprise!
1 // Bake a sweet treat
Who doesn’t like a homemade batch of cookies or muffins?! Nothing like bringing over a plateful that can help to open up the door to conversation and let someone know how much you care. Like the phrase says, “the best way to someone’s heart is through their stomach”, or something like that.
2 // Write a note
There are oodles of sweet cards left to choose from, usually ones with funny quotes or sweet pictures. Take some time to write them a sweet note with a few words of encouragement, or praise them for a strength or quality they have. You never know if they are feeling down and sometimes all it takes is one person pointing out their strengths in order to boost their mood.
3 // Spend some time with them
I know so many people who appreciate people coming to just sit with them and talk. Take some time out of your day to be intentional and just have a conversation. Go for a walk and talk, grab coffee, and ask them how they’re really doing. Be sure to listen. Sometimes just opening up the door to conversation can mean the world.
4 // Give someone a hug/high five
Depending on who this is, sometimes people forget about the power of hugs. Just letting someone know, through a hug, pat on the back, high five, that someone is watching out for them can be incredibly powerful. Just be sure they’re comfortable with hugs. Otherwise, I know fist bumps and high fives (secret handshakes??) are just as meaningful.
5 // Offer to help out around the house
Just by offering to help out with some chore or taking care of an errand can go a long ways. Maybe this is shoveling the walk, cleaning the kitchen, helping out with dishes after a dinner party, those quick acts of service could have more meaning than you realize.
What are some ways you’re giving back this Winter?