We have a family tradition of giving a little 'thank you' to someone who has done something nice and didn't even know it. Now all of us have written gratitude notes before, but this is a little different. We like to surprise the people who don't know they were spreading good will.
Maybe someone gave you an extra big smile when you were feeling down so you wrote a note. Maybe an elderly lady walked down the street and stopped to talk. That cheered you up so you took her a flower. Maybe the produce man at the grocery store found you the ginger root you'd been looking for so you gave him an extra big smile. The postman always waved as he drove down the street and for Christmas you gave him candy or cookies.
This is a nice tradition you can do all year long. It's especially fun for the kids to take their little craft projects to cheer those around them. It also helps the kids look for the good around them and find things to be grateful for.
Have fun spreading cheer all year long.