Surely you have seen that credit card commercial from TV: “One greeting card from the store, $3. One pen to write your feelings for her on the card, $3.50. The look on her face when she reads the card you gave her – priceless.”

Perhaps maybe there is a deeper meaning that the credit card company wants you to see besides the fact that they want you to use their card, or maybe not, but there is a more unique way to look at that commercial than what meets the eye.

Instead of seeing it as a commercial to spend more money that we don’t have, let’s look at it as the best things in life are the free things in life. When you give someone who is sad a hug, they will always remember how the hug you gave them uplifted their spirits when they were down on that particular day. They will remember that well over who gave them that red shirt for their birthday when they were 12.

There is a saying: “They may not remember what you said to them, but they will never forget how you made them feel.” This saying is very true and often people forget that their actions can speak louder than their words and although words can be harmful, actions can be just as bad. You can make someone feel really good based on your actions to where they will never forget what you did for them. But on the other hand, you may have made someone feel really bad, to where they will never forget the pain you may have caused them.

Instead of spending so much time “spending” on that credit card based on the commercial on needless items, maybe it’s time we start taking a deeper look at a hidden meaning that could be there. Something along the lines of … the best things in life, also known as the free things, like putting a smile on someone else’s face, giving someone a hug who is in desperate need of one, or even holding the door open for someone else … only costs $0 to do. It is free to do something nice for someone else, and the good feeling they will have forever, as well as the look of appreciation on their face, is priceless.

It is not about how much money you spend on a gift for a person, but about how great you can make them feel that is more important.

Each day is a new opportunity for you to do something nice for someone else. Make it a habit to try and do at least one nice thing for another person each day and do it to expect nothing in return – a true and genuine good deed. If everyone did just one nice thing for another person each day, we could probably be living in a whole new and different type of world, couldn’t we?


Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at or

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