In the spirit of RRSP season, I thought I’d throw out a little of my own investment advice; but not the same type of advice as those “Financial Planners” from the local banks who try to get us to part with a few dollars at the end of February each year all in an effort to bolster bank profits; we’ll leave that to the youthful keeners hoping their efforts get them moved out of a cubicle and into an office. Instead we’ll focus on a different kind of Return on Investment, (R.O.I.) one that sees us making a $ 5 – (or less) investment, and is guaranteed to yield a return that – while not stuffing your portfolio full of cash – will stuff your heart and soul with goodness and warmth. Cue the “Warm and Fuzzies” and let’s have a look-see, shall we?
Remember growing up we were told by our parents and grandparents that “Good things come in small packages”? I recently got to thinking about this sentiment, which in turn got me thinking about simple ways to get and give joy to others, but without spending a ton of money; sort of a “Making the World a Better Place on a Shoestring” kind of list, if you will. And as I put it together and tried a few of these ideas out myself, I noticed a common theme: It was rarely (if ever) the cost of the gift, or even the gift itself that was remarkable, or that created the best returns; it was the good intentions and kindness demonstrated by these acts of kindness that did. Even better, such deeds made both me as the giver AND the receiver of the gift feel great, so it’s really a two-way love fest, and really, how awesome is that? And all for the investment of a measly fiver, or less? You just can’t beat it!
So, you want in on this? I’m talking’ great feelings of warmth, love and happiness, all for a few bucks? Just try one or two over these inexpensive activities/gestures over the weekend, and then enjoy all the good vibes your actions bring! Your heart and soul will thank you, as will the recipients of your kindness~!
Happy, happy Weekend!
How to Get an Awesome R.O.I. on $5.00 Or Less
1. Buy a couple of soapy balloon wands and a little kid (Maybe your own, or a nephew or niece will do) to the park to blow the biggest bubbles possible
2. Pay for a strangers coffee; if they ask why, smile and tell them it’s your good deed for the day. Or you can buy one for a friend too – either way, you are rocking in the “good deeds” category.
3. Buy some “Thinking of You” cards at the dollar store and mail to people who mean a lot to you, and tell them why they are important to you
4. Bring Tim bits to work in the morning and share with your co-workers
5. Get a helium balloon wishing a co-worker “Happy Birthday” or “Congratulations” and tie it to their chair before they come to work in the morning
6. Take a single rose or small inexpensive bouquet to someone elderly you know and say “I thought you might enjoy these”
7. Genuinely ask the counter person at the fast food restaurant how their day is going, and then actually listen to their response while looking into their eyes. Once they’ve completed your order, Thank them sincerely and wish them well.
8. Drop off some dry / canned goods in the Food Bank bin in your local supermarket
9. Anonymously plug a parking meter for an extra hour to save someone from getting a ticket
10. Offer to take someone who doesn’t get to go out much (perhaps elderly or disabled) out for a walk and a coffee or ice cream so that they spend time with you.
11. If a cashier asks you to donate a $1- for a charity card, buy $5- instead, and put their name on the cards
12. Hold the door open for people at the supermarket, etc. and offer to help people who look lost or are struggling with large packages, etc.
13. Smile and say “Hello” to a lot of strangers – it’s free, and really brightens peoples day! 😀
Readers: What is the best way you can think of (or have done) to get a big, happy, emotional R.O.I. from a $5- or less investment? Please let us know in the comments below!