I don't think you ever stop giving. I really don't. I think it's an on-going process. And it's not just about being able to write a check. It's being able to touch somebody's life. - Oprah Winfrey
December is a wonderful time of year to show your gratitude for others, but, for many, it's also a time that creates anxiety, particularly if you're on a budget - and who isn't? The most important thing to remember is what most people want are not things, but to feel genuine appreciation. I should also mention that waiting to the end of the year to show your appreciation is like waiting until the last mile of a marathon to have a drink of water. In either case, if you're still standing, it's too late. Be in a state of gratitude all year long and what you do in December will just be the cherry on top.
But, it is December, and if you're like many, trying to figure out the perfect expression of "thank you," here are a few suggestions to get you started:
So, what have been some of the best - or worst - work-related gifts you have received or have given?
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Based in New York, Anna Papadopoulos has held several digital media positions and has worked across many sectors including automotive, financial, pharmaceutical, and CPG.
An advocate for creative media thinking and an early digital pioneer, Anna has been a part of several industry firsts, including the first fully integrated campaign and podcast for Volvo and has been a ClickZ contributor since 2005. She began her career as a media negotiator for TBS Media Management, where she bought for media clients such as CVS and RadioShack. Anna earned her bachelor's degree in journalism from St. John's University in New York.
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