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Updated: Jan 30, 2023

Have you ever told someone something that matters to you, only to have them dismiss it? “I just got a new job, and I’m so excited!” “You’ll probably quit in two weeks” or “It isn’t that great a job.” Or maybe they weren’t really paying attention? “Yeah, yeah...uh huh… what did you say?” as they take their earbuds out – for a brief moment. Wouldn’t it be a gift if they actually heard you? “Wow, that’s great! I’m so happy for you! I hope this job is everything you want it to be!”

Your happiness would grow, because you would know someone actually cared that you were on your way to the life you want. True listening is a gift. It’s a gift to the person being heard, and it’s a gift to the listener. Because really, don’t we like to know we can make someone happier?

Listen well, and you give – and receive – a gift.

And remember, HOLD has gift certificates, so if you have someone in your life that needs the gift of being heard, but doesn’t have someone they are comfortable turning to in their life, you can still give them the gift of listening.

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