4 Ways to Bring Bliss During the Holidays

Posted in Lifestyle
on December 11, 2017

During a time of craziness, parties, shopping for gifts, spending time with family and friends, and a million reasons to feel thankful; it’s important to remember that not everyone associates happiness during the holiday season. For some, the holidays can be a very difficult time, and can bring a lot of sadness. So today I’m sharing five ways to bring bliss to other people during the holidays wether they are a close friend, or a complete stranger.

1| Pay it forward

Pay for the person’s coffee behind you in line at Starbucks. Put a coin in a meter that’s about to expire. Offer to shovel your elderly neighbor’s driveway, or pick up groceries for them. We all know money is tight during this time of year, but you don’t always have to give a large amount of money to pay it forward. No one ever become poor by giving. Always remember there is a way to pay it forward to someone in your life whether they’re a coworker or a stranger.

2| Give your time

Read to children who are in the hospital during the holiday season. Visit with the elderly at a local nursing home to volunteer and play games with them. Bag food at a food bank or serve meals at a homeless shelter. Walk puppies at a local shelter. There are a million ways to donate and volunteer your time during the holidays. Find something that you’re passionate about, and give your time during the holidays.

3| Donate

Donate to your favorite charity. Buy cards to send to soldiers who are away from home, send cards to older men and women in nursing homes who may never have family come in, buy toys to give to Toys for Tots, or adopt a family during the holidays. It can be difficult to donate your time during this busy time of year, but if you can spar $15-$50 to give back in some way—do it. I promise you won’t regret it.

4| Random acts of kindness

Declutter your closet, and donate old clothes you no longer need. Donate books to local hospitals or schools that could use them. Leave money in a vending machine for the next person who needs a drink. Compliment a stranger. Run an errand for a family member. Babysit your friend’s child, so they can enjoy a night out. Bake something for your office to share. Give up your seat for someone else on the bus. You’d be surprised how much these small gestures can make someone’s day. There’s always a way to give and spread a little kindness.

What are some other ways you can bring a little bliss to someone else this holiday season? Make sure to share your ideas in the comments below!

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  • I love this! It’s so important to give back during the holidays and find ways to spread kindness! I’ve always been a fan of buying gifts for children in need!

    • Yes! We have so many awesome programs where you can give gifts to foster children, families in need, or children who are in hospitals for the season. So great to see all the programs available for giving back!

  • Paying it forward is one of the most satisfying things to do, especially during the holidays!

    • Yes! I was in a pay-it-forward line at Tim Hortons, and 34 cars in a row paid for the person behind them!

  • I love this! For many December it’s a very busy month. But giving our time to others it’s always nice.

    • I agree! It’s a busy season, but there’s always time for kindness!

  • this is definitely a time of year to think about being charitable & participating in random acts of kindness whenever/wherever you can! it’s not just about buying presents for the people in your life; there’s so much more to being generous than that!

    • Exactly! There’s always more to the holiday season than giving to family and friends. You can always give to strangers, too.

  • Taylor Smith

    I am serving at soup kitchens this year!!!!

    • That’s so awesome! I’m looking into volunteering in PA, but still learning about certain organizations.

  • Adriana

    I love this! It’s the perfect time of year for random acts of kindess, it makes you feel so good!

  • My church is doing a social media campaign called #lighttheworld and every day there is a new prompt on how we can pay it forward and be kind! It’s been so fun to have a calendar and daily reminder to help me be in the right mindset during this season!

    • That is so awesome! I’m thinking I’ll need to try something similar where it’s a printable item for an entire month that people can follow along with. Thanks for your comment, Chelsie!

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