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13 Most Precious Things To Give Your Loved Ones

13 Most Precious Things To Give Your Loved Ones

We’re already experiencing the “-ber” months. Pretty soon, Christmas will be coming and your loved ones will be requesting the gifts and presents that they would like to have.

Why don’t you stand out from the crowd and skip the materialistic gifts for now? These 13 valuable things are priceless — you can’t see them by window shopping, you can’t buy them from any store, and you can only derive them out of the goodness of your own heart.

Which items made the list?

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1. Give them sincere compliments.

Once you’re motivated to see the good in everyone, giving sincere compliments will be a walk in the park for you. Refrain from commenting on external appearances as this can seem shallow and manipulative. Instead, focus on the goodness and the individuality of your loved ones.

2. Share your time with your loved ones.

In a busy world, it’s understandable for you to have a lot on your plate right now. I’m including time as one of the things to give your loved ones as it is considered so valuable: it’s seen as scarce and in-demand, so sharing it with the people you love is generous.

3. Give a healthy dose of compassion.

One of the best (and hardest!) things to give your loved ones is forgiveness. You can only forgive them wholeheartedly if you aim to see things from their perspective and understand their reasons for their decisions. Try to be the bigger person once in a while. You’ll find that your loved one won’t be the only one to benefit from this — you may even learn something new about yourself, too.

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4. Give your smile. Lots of it.

Turn that frown upside down and show your smile to the people you love. Nurture a loving and happy relationship with them. This can help you too, you know: in a study in Psychological Scienceit was discovered that smiling during the course of experiencing brief stress can actually reduce the intensity of your body’s stress response.

Receive smiles and give smiles. Either way, it can make you and your loved one feel good. Smiles are always great things to give your loved ones.

5. Give a healthy amount of your trust.

Trust isn’t something that you can readily give, so the people you’re giving it to must be pretty special. Let them know that you trust them. Make them realize that you’re sharing a fragile part of yourself with them by choosing to trust them instead of resorting to harsh judging.

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6. Give them a boost of empowerment.

Set up a time for you and your loved ones to contribute to the world by attending service activities such as fund-raising and donating events. Allow your loved ones to feel motivated by giving back. Give them the chance to help the world and make it a better place in their own way.

7. Give your love and show it too.

Don’t forget to tell your loved ones just how much you love them. Say it with a kiss, with a hug or with an embrace. Always consider their feelings and let the little things count in your relationship with them.

8. Give an ample amount of acceptance.

Let your loved ones know that you accept them for who they are. Of course, looking out for them will always be your priority, but remember that they’re the only ones who can really figure out what they want in life. Accept unconditionally. Don’t judge.

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9. Give a sprinkle of optimism every day.

Life is too short and too precious to waste your energy on the negative aspects of life. Always let your loved ones know that there will be greater times ahead of them. Urge them to believe and be positive.

10. Give your devoted belief.

Maybe your loved one wants to chase a dream but is too scared and too discouraged to do so. Ease their burden by letting them know that you believe in them. Believe in them enough to delegate something that’s in their realm of specialty. Tell it to them straight and show it in your actions.

11. Give a nurturing ear.

Welcome silence during the conversation and allow your loved ones to vent. Refrain from arguing. Stop thinking of cliché things that you can say. Don’t talk. Just listen.

12. Give your loved ones your undivided presence.

Don’t just give them your time — give them your presence, too! Your presence is one of the most valuable things to give your loved ones. This means being there and living there: being there while reading a book or being there while playing around with your iPhone doesn’t count!

Drop everything else and focus on giving your whole presence to your loved one. Really be there. Really revel in the moment.

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Last Updated on December 2, 2018

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

7 Public Speaking Techniques To Help Connect With Your Audience

When giving a presentation or speech, you have to engage your audience effectively in order to truly get your point across. Unlike a written editorial or newsletter, your speech is fleeting; once you’ve said everything you set out to say, you don’t get a second chance to have your voice heard in that specific arena.

You need to make sure your audience hangs on to every word you say, from your introduction to your wrap-up. You can do so by:

1. Connecting them with each other

Picture your typical rock concert. What’s the first thing the singer says to the crowd after jumping out on stage? “Hello (insert city name here)!” Just acknowledging that he’s coherent enough to know where he is is enough for the audience to go wild and get into the show.

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It makes each individual feel as if they’re a part of something bigger. The same goes for any public speaking event. When an audience hears, “You’re all here because you care deeply about wildlife preservation,” it gives them a sense that they’re not just there to listen, but they’re there to connect with the like-minded people all around them.

2. Connect with their emotions

Speakers always try to get their audience emotionally involved in whatever topic they’re discussing. There are a variety of ways in which to do this, such as using statistics, stories, pictures or videos that really show the importance of the topic at hand.

For example, showing pictures of the aftermath of an accident related to drunk driving will certainly send a specific message to an audience of teenagers and young adults. While doing so might be emotionally nerve-racking to the crowd, it may be necessary to get your point across and engage them fully.

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3. Keep going back to the beginning

Revisit your theme throughout your presentation. Although you should give your audience the credit they deserve and know that they can follow along, linking back to your initial thesis can act as a subconscious reminder of why what you’re currently telling them is important.

On the other hand, if you simply mention your theme or the point of your speech at the beginning and never mention it again, it gives your audience the impression that it’s not really that important.

4. Link to your audience’s motivation

After you’ve acknowledged your audience’s common interests in being present, discuss their motivation for being there. Be specific. Using the previous example, if your audience clearly cares about wildlife preservation, discuss what can be done to help save endangered species’ from extinction.

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Don’t just give them cold, hard facts; use the facts to make a point that they can use to better themselves or the world in some way.

5. Entertain them

While not all speeches or presentations are meant to be entertaining in a comedic way, audiences will become thoroughly engaged in anecdotes that relate to the overall theme of the speech. We discussed appealing to emotions, and that’s exactly what a speaker sets out to do when he tells a story from his past or that of a well-known historical figure.

Speakers usually tell more than one story in order to show that the first one they told isn’t simply an anomaly, and that whatever outcome they’re attempting to prove will consistently reoccur, given certain circumstances.

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6. Appeal to loyalty

Just like the musician mentioning the town he’s playing in will get the audience ready to rock, speakers need to appeal to their audience’s loyalty to their country, company, product or cause. Show them how important it is that they’re present and listening to your speech by making your words hit home to each individual.

In doing so, the members of your audience will feel as if you’re speaking directly to them while you’re addressing the entire crowd.

7. Tell them the benefits of the presentation

Early on in your presentation, you should tell your audience exactly what they’ll learn, and exactly how they’ll learn it. Don’t expect them to listen if they don’t have clear-cut information to listen for. On the other hand, if they know what to listen for, they’ll be more apt to stay engaged throughout your entire presentation so they don’t miss anything.

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