How generous you are has been found to be one of the best predictors of happiness. So its important to try to cultivate that sense of giving if you are not already a giving person. This doesn't just mean giving money away to others but really it means having a sense of wanting to help others with your time, money, words and deeds. So you could do something as simple as opening the door for someone, giving someone a smile without expecting one back, giving up your pace in the queue to someone who looks frazzled, being patient when waiting for a shop assistant in a check out line, offering to help a neighbour with cutting back their hedges or clearing their path of snow.
It can also mean NOT doing something that might upset another person so for example if someone complains to you about something then rather than firing back an even angrier response you could try to answer back with kindness, an apology or humour to diffuse the situation.
Giving someone a listening ear can be one of the most valuable gifts we can offer-especially to someone young or elderly who may be lonely.
The wonderful thing about giving is that whatever you give seems to come bouncing right back to you in terms of feelings of wellbeing.