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As the holidays approach, life becomes increasingly hectic. Between work, spending time with family, tending to holiday preparations, and getting from point A to Z every day, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle and forget what this time year is all about: giving thanks for what you have. And unfortunately, when your schedule is a little crazy you forget to show those around you just how much you care. Whether you want to thank a coworker for their help, show your appreciation to a family member who has made life less stressful, or just do a little something nice for your significant other, there are many ways to show the people in your life that you’re thankful for them. Plus, there’s proof that random acts of kindness can actually improve your health! From whipping up a batch of their favorite sweet treats to making sure they’re properly insured, here are some ways to show your special someone that you care.

Make Some Tasty Treats

A little pleasant surprise in someone’s day can go a long way. Bring baked goods or another small treat to work for your coworkers, or keep a treat at home for everyone to share. You don’t even have to make something from scratch: pick up a boxed brownie mix and a disposable bake-able aluminum dish at the grocery store, and voila! Instant deliciousness. Remember, anything pumpkin-flavored is a big crowd-pleaser this time of year.

Think About Safety

The holidays are also a time to review your family’s well-being. Re-assess your budget, your payments schedule, and your insurance for the new year so you’re on track for January. Being ready for the worst is, unfortunately, one of the more important things you should tend to when caring for your family. Preparing for the unthinkable by getting term life insurance, for example, could show them that you’re thinking ahead about their well-being.

Pick Up Some Slack

Your family is probably just as stressed as you are these days. See if you can take some of the workload off every now and again by picking up an extra chore or going the extra mile. Quick little acts like doing the dishes after dinner without being asked or picking up the groceries on the way home make life easier for the whole family. Plus, practical gifts like these get work done and make your loved ones happy. Read more about random acts of kindness you can do for your parents.

Say “Thank You”!

If you only do one thing to show your appreciation this year, make sure you actually say a sincere “thank you” to the people in your life. Sometimes all that’s needed is an acknowledgement of all they do. After all, it’s the thought that counts most.

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