Looking to spread some happiness during the holidays? Whether you celebrate Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, ‘Festivus’ or none of the above; December is known as a holiday month in the Western world. A great time to give and spread happiness to those around you. End the year with some festive cheer and try out some of these ideas.
If you’re in mood for gift giving and want to make a difference to someone’s day, buy a small gift (it doesn’t need to be expensive – perhaps a quirky pair of socks, or fun designed mug) for someone who you know might be spending the holidays alone. It could be a co-worker, neighbour or friend; you’ll make their day with an unexpected, thoughtful gift.
If you’re working with others, or have neighbours who appreciate delicious goodies, consider baking something tasty to help spread some holiday joy. Who doesn’t love a tasty homemade brownie, or snowman shaped cookie? It feels good to share good food with those who you care about.
Do remember to be mindful of hygiene safety when baking for others – don’t share treats created when feeling unwell, and wash your hands regularly when preparing food.
This is the time of year when family and loved ones like to buy presents, as a token of their love for you, but do you really need anything? Something that can feel wonderful, is encouraging them to spend the gift money on a charity of your choice. Spend a little time researching a cause that raises funds for something meaningful to you. You’ll be helping those in need and reducing unwanted, or unnecessary ’stuff’ in your life.
It could be considered an old fashioned idea now, but perhaps that makes it all the more special. Writing letters to friends and family members who you aren’t able to get together with this year, will make them feel loved and keep them up-to-date with what you’re up to. Handwritten letters can add an extra personal touch, and the receiver will appreciate the time you’ve taken to contact them.
Maybe writing isn’t your thing, but in that case, you can make the call! Take some time to call family, friends and anyone who you know might need a little friendly contact, this holiday season. Consider Zoom calls with multiple friends or family members, so you can feel closer to those you can’t be physically near. Sometimes it’s as close as you can get to a gathering – you could even play games to add more fun to the call.
When out and about at this time of year, spread positive vibes and good feelings, by being extra considerate of those around you. When you see people stressed, angry, or unhappy, take a step back and respond with kindness and patience It can be easy to get caught up in another person’s bad mood and spread that negativity around, so try to be mindful of negative energy around you. You can improve someone’s bad mood by reacting only with kindness and love. This time of year can be difficult for many of us, so try to be understanding and remember – love will always trump hate.
However you wish to celebrate this holiday season, be sure to spread love and cheer and give more than you take. For more giving ideas to take you into the new year, visit 365give.