Pick three

Need a simple, generous, and free gift to give people who matter to you? Here’s one that they will almost certainly appreciate, and will also boost your own happiness. And yes (because things always seem to go back to this theme here), it might even help you get into college.

  1. Pick three people who have helped, supported, or otherwise positively impacted you this year. You can certainly pick more than three if you’re inspired, but I’m competing against end-of-the-year burnout.
  2. Write them a note not just thanking them, but specifically telling them how they’ve made a difference and why you appreciate them.

Naturally, they’ll appreciate it. But I promise you’ll also be genuinely surprised by how good you feel after doing so.