So I ran across a study published last year in Time Magazine that showed people actually get more enjoyment from giving to others than they do getting for themselves. 

Now keep in mind I'm not talking about the "giving" that takes place when you buy a sweater for your 3rd cousin twice removed because you're scared he'll be offended if you don't. I'm talking about the kind of giving that may or may not cost you time, money, and energy, but the return on the investment is huge.

We are now moving full speed through the holidays, and I wanted to know your 3 Cents about giving.

Nicole posted on Facebook "One of the easiest things that anybody can do is fill all of the buggies at Aldi with quarters and leave them and just walk away. You can also drop money into the red kettle or buy an extra canned ham to put in the food bank donation box at your kid's school, or church, or wherever. Some schools are collecting new winter tops, socks, and coats for those within the school and those within the community."

What I love about these ideas is they are not that expensive, but they are creative.  One of my favorite things to do is pay for the person behind me at a fast food place.  My wife likes to pay for a few people behind us at a toll bridge.

It doesn't have to cost you a cent!  There are dozens of places that need your time.  Volunteer at a place that means a lot to your family, and make sure you model all of this for your kids so they can learn giving as well.

The takeaway for me is if you are down in your circumstances, and think every ounce of time and money needs to go to you, try finding a creative, inexpensive way to give to others this season, and see if your happiness increases also.

That's my 3 Cents.  If you have something on your mind concerning the holidays, I want to hear about it!  Give me a call at 423-643-9722 and give me your 3 Cents.