5 Ways to Show Kindness This Holiday Season
By Brandi Goodman
The holidays are a difficult time for many. Some begin to suffer from Seasonal Affective Disorder while others have no family to look forward to seeing. Many cannot afford to celebrate while others are simply too busy working to enjoy it. No matter a person's situation, it is always important to be kind to everyone you meet. With these five ways to show kindness this holiday season, you can help spread a little more cheer to those around you.
Pay for the Next Order in Line
Holidays aren't just about money, but it is a time when more money than necessary tends to be spent. Some people may struggle so badly that they can't afford to pay for the necessities, let alone to purchase gifts, pay for a large family meal, or otherwise buy for holiday celebrations. If you have the means, pay for the next order in line. Maybe they'll have the means as well and pay for the person behind them, causing a chain reaction. Maybe they don't, and you just made their day by lessening their financial burden. Do this when you can at the grocery store, in the mall, in the fast food line, or anywhere else money is spent.
Give Uplifting Compliments
Anytime you're out and about and see something you like, tell the person. Give uplifting comments everywhere you go so you can make someone's day. It may help to brighten their spirits if they're feeling low. Even if they're not, it can still have them smiling throughout the remainder of the day. Tell someone you like their shirt. Say they have cool hair. Give a smile and say, "have a great day." You never know when just a few kind words can make a big difference.
Offer a Hand
If you're outside and see someone struggling, offer a hand. Maybe your neighbor is attempting to hang their Christmas decorations. Ask if they'd like some help. Bring over a shovel if someone is trying to clear snow from their driveway. Offering a hand is a great way to show kindness and let others know they're not alone.
Host a Warm Clothing Drive
Warm clothes aren't easily available to everyone. People with low incomes, and especially those who live in shelters or are homeless, may not have access to any coats, hats, gloves, or scarves. Host a drive and collect these items to gift to others. You can hand them out to people you see who may need them or simply take them to your local shelter.
Add Money to Someone's Gas Pump
The cost of gas sometimes rises during the holiday months when more people tend to travel. Add money to someone's gas pump if you have the means. Even just giving a few dollars can be a huge help to someone.
World Kindness Day gets celebrated for good reason in November. Be sure to spread extra kindness not just on this day, but always. Continue to treat everyone well as you cross paths throughout the holiday season. You never know how much a little kindness can mean to someone who's having a hard time.
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