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Winston Churchill said it best: “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” This brings to mind employee recognition, though the topic is certainly relevant to anyone you encounter.

Pointing up at Jean MacDonald was a small index finger, grabbing for attention. “What’s up?” Jean asked the little girl. “Did you know you’re white?” the little girl said. With an astonished laugh, Jean looked down at the girl and said, “I am?”

One of Oprah's Lifeclass sessions is about spreading joy. The example she gave was when she gave a brand new car away to each and every one of her audience members. That was real joy spreading if you remember. There were people screaming, crying, and jumping up and down. She said the the high she got off that show was unparallelled.

It’s true—doing nice things for people makes you feel better and lifts your mood. But not everyone can give someone a new car! Here’s a list of small and free gestures you could make to improve someone’s day:

As I strolled through the mall with my friend the other day and stopped to say hello to about four people I knew passing by, she asked "how do you know so many people?" "I don't know," I answered. "People from here and there, I guess."

Over the last fourteen years as a counselor specializing in marriage therapy, I have seen many couples co-destroy a once happy relationship. Conflict is an inevitable part of any relationship if two people really reveal themselves to one another, but why do some relationships suffer and decay because of it while others survive and triumph life's challenges? Research confirms that the erosion some couples experience is not just due to differences, but how they are handled.

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