Have you ever noticed how the small things make people happy? I think that sometimes it's just a smile or an expression that you care that can make a person's day.
Yesterday I took some time to go with a good friend to visit his aunt. She is 80 years old. She lives alone now, after the death of her husband three years ago. She seemed to be thrilled to have a visit from us. We drove her around the town for about 30 minutes because she doesn't drive anymore. She wanted to show her nephew some of the places from her past: where she grew up and where she and her husband first lived.
And today I checked in on my father-in-law. He hasn't been feeling well, so I stopped by before work, made him a poached egg on some toast, and chatted for a bit. He'll get some of the great chili that was simmering on the stove this morning, when my wife stops by later to see her dad.
It's not large gifts that make a difference to most people. It's these small things that indicate that you care. Just a smile, a phone call, a short visit--these are things that not only make the other person feel good but make me feel good too. When I tell myself that I'm too busy, I hope that I'll remember the appreciative smiles that I received from doing a few small things.