“Joy increases as you give it, and diminishes as you try to keep it for yourself. In giving it, you will accumulate a deposit of joy greater than you ever believed possible.
--Norman Vincent Peale
My grandmother, we called her Gram, loved to give interesting gifts at the holidays. In fact, I think that QVC is probably still missing her today. We received pens in the shape of turkeys, turkey hats, pilgrim bibs, and a whole host of other unique items at Thanksgiving. She was what I would refer to now as eccentric. Back then, I referred to her as funny. She found tremendous joy in giving us gifts that we would remember. For the last decade of her life, I remember being excited to see what funny thing she would have on the table for us when we got to her house.
When she gave us those things, it was so that she could give us a little family joy. Our family will never forget the funny things that she did and the silly things that she bought. She would kind of chuckle and tilt her head slightly to the right as she watched us dig in to the gifts of joy she shared. I remember thinking how I loved her humor and her gifts. The gifts represented a small piece of who she was to us. It was the fact that she went out of her way to give us joy that made the lasting impact on us though.
What do you do with your family and friends in order to give the gift of joy? Do you give them your time, your talent, your QVC/shopping treasures? However you show others that you are thankful for them, do it with style. After all, it is the joy in the gift, not the gift itself, that lasts a lifetime.
To Your Success!
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.