Give the Gift of Yourself This Year

December 13, 2017


Christmas is a time for giving, everyone knows that. But what if the joy you give takes the form of a bit of your time, a little extra effort? Here are six ways to truly give of yourself this holiday season.


HELP Whether it's an elderly neighbor you can help by putting up Christmas lights, or a stranger struggling with too many packages at the store, doing a simple generous task will make you both feel great.


COVER SOMEONE'S SHIFT This holiday season, why not cover the shift of a coworker who needs to see his or her family? It's certainly a sacrifice that won't be forgotten.  A bonus is that it can be a kind of fun to work a skeleton crew with just the right holiday spirit.


INVITE A LONER TO CELEBRATE WITH YOU Too often people celebrate the holidays alone. This year, why not invite a coworker or neighbor who has no one to celebrate with to your home for the holidays? Your selfless invitation could mean so much.


GIVE AWAY SOMETHING YOU VALUE It’s easy to donate old clothes or worn out toys. A true test of selflessness is to give away things that are important to you and enjoy what you already have. You can even sell your items and donate the money to a needy family or charity. 


WRITE LETTERS OF APPRECIATION This holiday season, take the time to write letters of appreciation to people you truly appreciate. Think about the postal service workers, maintenance workers and even your favorite barista, who all make a difference in your day.


LISTEN Taking the time to listen to a coworker who's having a bad day or a complete stranger who simply needs to vent. Not interjecting with advice or sharing your opinion can be hard to do, but simply listening is a gift of kindness which can warm another's soul.



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