The holidays can conjure strong emotions and can lead to feeling down and blue during what is supposed to be a fun and celebratory time. The shorter days and grey weather doesn’t help, either, and sometimes you feel like you just want to hibernate until spring. But don’t do that! Instead, the best way to beat the holiday blues is to help others.
It doesn’t need to be a huge, overwhelming gesture. Even small things will make a difference. You’ll find these pay-it-forward moments will probably do you more good than the recipient! Here are some inspiration and tips to get started.
December 3, 2019 is Giving Tuesday.
What is Giving Tuesday?
Giving Tuesday is held the Tuesday after Thanksgiving and it is a day to “do good” or to volunteer or anything where you can make a positive difference in someone’s life. Helping others is the quickest way to find joy for yourself.
How to Take Part
The www.givingtuesday.org website has a wonderful database of your local non-profits and charities that could use your help. They have listings for every state in the US so you can help in your community.
Many of my colleagues at Coldwell Banker here in Olympia donate their time and money to many local organizations, and my firm participates in dozens of charitable work throughout the year. Individually and as a firm, we have offered help to the Hands on Children’s Museum, Habitat for Humanity, Providence St. Peter’s Hospital, Big Brothers and Big Sisters, Senior Services for South Sound, Special Olympics, Nisqually Land Trust, Kiwanis, Lions Club, and more.
Next week, a large group of us will be heading down to the Thurston County Food Bank to work and to deliver a check. Our local REALTORS organization will be bell-ringing for the Salvation Army and will also be delivering a check of raised funds to the food bank.
You don’t need to go this alone. Rally your co-workers to raise funds or go as a group to volunteer. It’s more fun to do so and the charity you choose would be grateful.
Easy Ways to Find Joy and Help Others
As I mentioned, this doesn’t need to be a huge effort. As an individual, you can make a difference, too.
When I’m grocery shopping at my favorite store (Fred Meyer), I find my height can be helpful! Too often, I see less-tall people trying to reach an item on the top shelf. I’m quick to offer my long monkey arm to help! Although this is a silly example, when I find that I can help someone else out, this brief connection makes my day.
Start small. Essentially, be mindful of those around you and not be so focused on your own immediate task. Open the door for someone. Let someone in line go first. Be a courteous driver and parker. Pick up trash along your walk. If someone else is having a bad day, be understanding. And before you know it, you’re spirits will be lifted and you’ll experience the joy of the season!
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays and Joy to You All!