A few days back, I was having a little chit chat with some of my colleagues at work and one of them was all about how he wanted to make so much money so that he can give it to his loved ones to make them happy.
The way he kept laying emphasis on that made me suspect that he probably thought that giving those people money was the only way he could show that he cared about them.
Well, I had to commend his desire to make millions: it was a good thing, however, I kinda let him see other ways he could also show his care presently before he made those millions.
We live in a world where so many people are crazed about making money at all costs. Some of us think that money is everything. Money is definitely important and believe me, I also desire to have tons of it, but a life with lots of money without meaning, without purpose, without love would be quite boring.
Forgive me for digressing from the main topic. Here are the 6 other things you can give to people which cost you nothing just as I shared with my co-worker:
Time is one of our most valuable assets. And that's why many people keep talking about their time being wasted and saying they don't have time. Time is really important and critical in today's world.
With a lot of time on our hands, we could accomplish more. But we humans have been designed to have a limited time to exist here on planet earth, so we want to make the best out of it.
This leads some of us to place all our time on our careers and businesses, forgetting to share and spend time with other people that matter to us.
How do you feel when you spend some time talking to a loving parent, close friend or someone who cares about you? Don't you feel great? Don't you feel happy being around them?
Of course I know your answers. We all love to spend time with people we cherish and if we spend less time with them, our fondness for them wanes without us even knowing it.
So taking some time off your "busy" schedule to meet your friends, loved ones, family or anybody else really means a lot to them. People who care about you are happy that you give them some of your time. You build and strengthen your relationships with your time.
None of us is really as busy as we claim to be sometimes, I believe that no matter how tight our schedules are, it's possible to squeeze out some time to spend with others.
2. Compliment Words
Your words matter. The things you say to other people matters a lot. Think of how this world would be if nobody talked to anybody. If there was no sound or language.
Would be quite weird right? Lol.. Well that's to show you how powerful words are. If saying to someone "You're an idiot." can transform that person from a meek lamb to a roaring lion, I bet you already got the point.
Learn to give complimentary words to people. See something good in them and say it to them. It doesn't cost a thing.
You see most of us find it very easy to see what's wrong with a person and we are quick to point it out and criticize them very quickly. Damn, some of us need an award or probably an Oscar for fault finding.
But that's not what we should always focus on. Lets learn to see something nice in other people and compliment them genuinely.
I'm yet to see anyone who doesn't love being complimented. Some people pretend like they didn't hear you, but then they go back home with your words in their hearts and they smile when they think about it.
So, you can make a difference in another person's life and show your affection by saying nice things to them when you notice it. You don't have to be a complainer who whines all the time about other people's faults.
When was the last time you went out of your way to help someone without being asked? Can you really remember?
Say you're passing by and you notice your neighbor needs a hand to help start up his car, do you wait to be called? Do you offer to help? Or do you just mind your own business and move on?
Or let's say a loved one needs help with setting up stuff for a birthday celebration or naming ceremony, can you offer help to them?
There are many instances I could give here regarding helping people, however my point is just that you don't necessarily need money to help out.
You can offer help by volunteering to handle certain tasks or activities. You can teach them. You can help them in discharging their duties if you're less occupied. It doesn't have to be money.
I mean, who doesn't like to be helped out? It would be difficult for anyone to decline a helping hand when offered one.
People are going through a lot in life alone. Learning to offer a helping hand to them when you can do that is a lovely gift you can give to them.
4. Texting and Calls
Thank God for the internet. Today the world has become a global village and technology is rapidly turning everything upside down.
You can reach out to another person on the other side of the world just by the push of a button or a simple click.
Traditional call and texting rates have dropped ever since the use of the internet became mainstream.
These days you can chat with other people on social media for free with no data whatsoever.
Facebook Video calls, Whatsapp calls, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter.. Just name it. There's no reason not to keep in touch with those who you care about.
The thing is that many people are yet to take advantage of most of these opportunities created by the internet to get closer to people.
We are totally out for business and making money and can't even pick up our smart phones and just chat up people that matter to us.
A simple "hello" or "hi" could start off a wonderful conversation with a brother, sister, lover or a close friend.
You could get access to information that could even lead you to the money you've been pursuing all these years. Lol. But some of us can't even spare a few seconds to call or text people we cafe about even when calling and texting are almost free these days.
Why not place a call or text that person you care about and you've not spoken to all these while?
You think all they need is money from you? Haha
5. Support and Advice
We all need good advice and support at some point in our lives. No man is an island. No matter how independent we may want to appear, we will still find out that at some point, we need to lean on someone so we can get back on our feet.
So how willing are you to support someone else or offer them good advice?
You don't need always money to support people. By giving out your fairly used phone to someone else who may need it, or by letting a friend who is yet to stand on his feet stay with you in your house if you can, you've really made a difference in their lives.
You can give away items you no longer need to other people. Why cover up space in your house with unwanted and unused items?
You can offer your advice to other people who you care about and help them better face whatever they are passing through.
How well do you pay attention to the people you claim to love?
Do you care to listen to them when they are saying something or are you just waiting for them to stop talking so you can say your mind?
Do you observe them? Do you notice the look in their eyes when they are down and need to say something to you or you don't even take notice of their disposition?
Do you notice their new hairstyle and the new haircuts? Do you notice their scars or injuries?
Do you notice their change in behavior and the unconscious body movements they make to hint that something is wrong?
Look here Mr, Mrs or Miss.. Paying great attention to people you care about is very important. People love to be noticed and heard even when they say nothing.
Some people don't know how to talk when they are really bothered about something. It will take your careful attention to know that such people aren't feeling okay.
Many words left unsaid are only understood by those who pay attention. You may not be close to them, but in their voices, responses or expressions during calls, you should be attentive enough to decipher those unsaid things.
Being able to pay attention has a lot to do with being emotionally intelligent. That would be topic for another good day.
So there you have it. You can give these 6 things and even more to people for free without spending nothing and it will go a long way in showing how much you care, love and appreciate them.
Keep these ideas in mind as you live your life and just keep winning!