...just to tell them you’re thinking of them or that you miss them. Call someone you haven’t talked to in a long time. It can make a world of difference to let them know you’re thinking of them and cared enough to call.
Give them something they wouldn’t buy for themselves. Find out what someone would really—and give it to them. (Just be sure they’d really like to have or do it… and are not just saying it would be “nice” but they don’t really want it for themselves.
Give them something they would buy for themselves. Pay for a mundane item or one of their regular bills to free them up to spend a little money on something “frivolous” they’d like to do once in a while.
Respond to a frustrating or disappointing event with humor, rather than anger. Make it a habit to respond with humor. People will be shocked that you can find humor in many situations, but it eases tension and allows everyone to be “human” rather than trying to be “perfect.”
Pay attention to what they need or are going through—and do something as a group.
The story of how one group helped a member get a new prosthetic leg is inspiring! Get your company, organization, church or other group together for special projects like this!
Don’t wait until later… “later” never comes! We all get pulled in so many directions that we often miss opportunities to let others know what their actions mean to us. Don’t let the opportunity go by; take 15 or 30 seconds to say something right away.
Return a borrowed item in as good—if not better—condition than when you borrowed it. We’ve all had borrowed items returned to us in terrible condition: dirty, greasy, broken or with parts missing. Be sure to return all items in better condition than when you borrowed it.
... and not just their job performance. Have a gift sent to someone who’s having a tough day. Have the gift sent that day… or bring it back with you from lunch and put it on their desk. Even one flower can show someone you care about what they’re feeling.