From the joy of baby’s first Christmas or excitement of a family vacation to the anxiety of a houseful of guests or the grief of a lost loved one – we’ll each experience the “season of cheer” from our unique perspective. Recognizing that the holidays affect us all differently makes it the perfect opportunity to be extra kind to the people around you. So this season, try one or more of these creative ways to bring joy to others, and in return, experience some cheer for yourself.
HERE ARE SOME CREATIVE WAYS TO BE KIND THIS CHRISTMAS:
1. Wrap gifts for your neighbor.Don’t know what to do with that extra wrapping paper you may have collected through the years? Visit your neighbors (remember to socially distance and wear your mask) and offer to wrap some of their Christmas gifts for them. Consider donating any extra wrapping paper to your local community center – or offer to help them wrap gifts!
2. Nourish your co-workers.Bring a healthy homemade snack for your office mates. Something homemade and seasonal is sure to be remembered and more appreciated than a box of donuts, not to mention healthier.
3. Rake up the fallen leaves.We aren’t all in climates where it snows regularly; however, we all encounter falling leaves. Offer to rake up the leaves in a neighbor’s yard. You’re sure to put a smile on their face and free up their time to pass on the holiday cheer.
4. Offer to babysit.Know a couple or single parent that could use an evening off? Offer to watch the kiddos for a couple of hours for free. This is sure to bring a smile, and many thank yous your way.
5. Walk the dogs.Do you have a neighbor or friend with an energetic furry friend? Offer to walk the dog(s) a couple of times. Or, if walking the dog is part of their exercise routine, ask to join them. You’ll both benefit from human connection and physical fitness. Bonus: If you are an animal lover without a pet of your own, you get time with a pet without the responsibility of pet ownership.
6. Share your Skill.Do you have a unique skill or desire to give back? Now is a great time to volunteer your special talent and time. There are so many worthy charities and organizations that would love to have your gift of time and talent. Let them put you to work, and you’ll be the one saying thank you afterward.
7. String the lights!Offer to help a neighbor decorate the outside of their home for Christmas. This is guaranteed to put you and your neighbor in the holiday spirit. Hopefully, this will spark the holiday spirit for the rest of the neighbors and light up the block.
YOUR THOUGHTFULNESS DOESN’T JUST BENEFIT THE RECEIVER; IT CAN BENEFIT THE GIVER AS WELL. GIVING MAKES US HAPPY; IT CREATES A FEELING OF CONNECTEDNESS AND CAN HAVE UNEXPECTED HEALTH BENEFITS. SO GIVING IS, IN MANY WAYS, ALSO RECEIVING.
Need more ideas? Get some more inspiration from best-selling author Joshua Becker derived from his’ becoming minimalist’ blog:
Send a card or handwritten letter. Pay for the person behind you in line.
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