Give away free refreshments – free lemonade, frozen treats or coffee.
Discussion point: Blessing others makes us feel good too.
If it is summertime, pick a hot day and plan to refresh others who need refreshing. Some ideas include giving out (instead of selling) lemonade at a lemonade stand, or going to the park and taking a box of frozen treats to share with others. You could also take a slushy drink to someone you know who is at work on a hot day and can’t get the time to get out of the office to buy one for themselves.
If it is wintertime, think of refreshing others with hot cocoa or coffee instead. For example, provide your garbage collector or outdoor workers with portable cups full of something hot or a gift certificate for a local coffee shop. Perhaps you can plan to take a thermos of hot cocoa to share with friends at a skating rink or toboggan hill. Afterwards, have a discussion based on the following questions. Talk about how we experience joy and refresh ourselves when we share with and refresh others.
Questions for discussion
- How do they think ________ felt when we gave them the ________?
- How did you feel when you saw how ________ (happy/surprised) ________ was when we gave them ________?
- Who do you think felt happier, _______ or us?
“A generous man will prosper; he who refreshes others will himself be refreshed.”