Unexpected Gifts

“30 Days to a More Optimistic You” Positivity Challenge – Day 9. Surprise Gifts

Welcome to Day 9 of our Positivity Challenge. Today we’re going to explore the concept of surprise gifts from unexpected people at unexpected times or places.

When we think of surprise gifts, maybe something material comes to mind, like a certificate for a therapeutic massage. This is a nice present, no doubt. But it’s not the kind of gift we’re referring to in this gratitude exercise.

A surprise gift, in this case, refers to a “kiss from the universe,” or something unexpected yet delightful, that seems to be exactly what you need at just the perfect time.

What might be some good examples of a surprise gift to be grateful for, or a kiss from the universe?

A kind gesture that someone offered you. Maybe it’s a paid-for treat from a stranger at a coffee shop, or someone offering to give up their parking spot at a time when you were running late for an appointment. (Hint: it’s not the treat or the spot. It’s the gestureā€¦ the idea that someone responded in your time of need.)

A listening ear and bit of good advice from a person you only know only casually. It could be someone who works for your child’s school, or an acquaintance you’ve chatted with at the grocery store.

Some children from the neighborhood who show up offering to do a housework or yard cleanup, on a day when you can really use the help.

A kind compliment paid by a stranger. Or even a kind compliment paid by your husband or wife!

A ride to the hospital from a coworker.

A kiss from the universe is cause for celebration, and that’s what positive thinking is all about.

Exercise 9: Count Up Your Kisses from the Universe

When was the last time you received an unexpected gift, a surprise kiss from the universe, or a “paid forward” unsolicited act of kindness?

Even though some days may seem like a struggle of long lines at the store or being stuck on hold with customer serviceā€¦ there’s still so much to be grateful for. So count up your kisses. How many kind gestures were bestowed upon you this week?

Journal It.

List Ways People Have Brightened Your Day

Make a list of all the little ways people brightened your days with their thoughtful and unexpected gestures, no matter how small.

Maybe it’s even something so subtle as a glance of understanding during a tense moment.

It could even be a hug from someone you barely know.

Those little gestures really go a long way to make us feel special and loved by the people around us.

To little gestures and the power they have

Fran Watson

About Fran Watson

Involved in public speaking since 2000. Joined Toastmasters in 2002 and have served in all Executive roles including serving one year as the District Public Relations Officer. Achieved my DTM in 2014. Develop and facilitate workshops in the area of employment and career development.
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