Mindfulness Monday: Sharing Holiday Joy

It’s the season of twinkling lights, hot cocoa, and classic carols! For so many of us, joy abounds during the holidays. But, for many others, it can be an incredibly difficult time. Some will experience their first Christmas without a loved one, many will struggle to provide a meal for their family and others will simply hope to find a warm place to spend the night.

We all know that it feels great to be on the receiving end of an act of kindness, but it feels even better to be the one extending it. Step up your game and spread some extra cheer this year so the holidays are merry and bright for everyone!

If you’re aware of a family that’s had a tough year, then support them by dropping off a meal. If you’re not much of a chef, you can donate to a charity like the International Basket Brigade which provides meals, baskets of food, and household items for families in need around the world. Or, it can be just as impactful to load up a few fast food gift cards with a few dollars each and hand them out when you run across someone in need of a meal.

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Volunteering your time at a nursing home can be incredibly impactful. While some residents are visited by family during the holidays, imagine the difference your presence will make to someone who would have otherwise been alone. Bring some family and friends and carol through the halls or simply spend a few hours playing board games and chatting with the residents. You may be surprised at how much of a difference you make.

One sound you are sure to hear is the ringing of charity bells as you go about your shopping. Think ahead and keep a few small bills in your wallet so you can put a bit of cash in the bucket every time you see one. You’ll feel good about your contribution and will receive a cheery thank you in return. The ringer will appreciate that their donated time is meaningful, and your donation, big or small, will make a difference to someone in need.

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