Expressing joy and saying "Congratulations!"
Being happy for someone else and sharing the joy of a success or an achievement is an integral part of any meaningful relationship. "Congratulations!" and "I'm happy for you!" are the messages we want to convey.
Whether our child or grandchild has just completed their degree, our spouse has been promoted to an exciting job position or our business partner has successfully launched a new product - there are numerous occasions where joy is the sentiment we want to share.
Animal Lover: Adopt An Animal
A great gift for all animal lovers: organizations like the WWF (www.worldwildlife.org) offer the chance to 'adopt' an animal. You usually get a certificate, a photograph and a plush toy as part of the adoption. Prices vary, depending on the type of animal you choose to adopt. Alternatively, check with your local zoo.
This gift will be extra special if you add a personal message that relates the recipient to an attribute of the animal you have chosen: "I know you are having a hard time right now, but keep going - you are strong as a bear!". If you have a special nickname for the recipient your message could also be something like "For my little monkey / tiger / etc.".
Scrapbook: Book of Honor
Mark a special occasion or milestone by creating a personal scrapbook for the recipient. Get the whole family or a group of friends to participate and ask each of them to fill a couple of pages with their best wishes and personal memories, including photographs and other small items, to create a truly unique gift.
Electronics: MP3 Player
Make this gift more meaningful by including a few special songs when you purchase your choice of mp3-player.
Choose songs that relate to the recipient and yourself (songs from a joint vacation, a night out together, etc.) or which have a 'theme' (songs of encouragement, love songs, happy tunes). Explain the meaning behind your choice of songs in a personal message to make your gift perfect!
Ancient Greeks wove parsley into crowns as a sign of "high honour" for the winners of various games.
Tassels & Fringe
In the Middle East, people believe that evil spirits will go to great length to avoid anything with either tassels or fringe.
In ancient Europe, tassels were worn to guarantee happiness.
A symbol expressing the process of life, the belief that all pieces will eventually fall into place.
Nothing stops the man who desires to achieve. Every obstacle is simply a course to develop his achievement muscle. It's a strengthening of his powers of accomplishment.
The greatest accomplishment is not in never falling, but in rising again after you fall.
To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.
Enthusiasm is the engine of success.