Flexing the Holly-jolly Muscle!
While the holiday season is wondrous to most, there are people struggling from separation, grieving over losing a loved one, in poor health or financially challenged.
Service to others tends to be dually rewarded. The giver feels good about performing a selfless, caring act, while the receiver is blessed with an uplifting boost to the spirits.
Here are 5 things that can bring a smile:
1. Buy coffee for the person in front of you. While starting a conversation with the Barista or people ordering hot concoctions along with a tasty scone, cake pop or breakfast sandwich, pay it forward in line. The no-ties gesture will be most appreciated by all.
2. Deliver a plate those in your neighborhood. Baking and cooking sweet, holiday treats are meant to be shared with others. You never know the impact made when surprising someone unexpectedly. There is joy in giving something of yourself, especially food!
3. Send out greeting cards with a special, handwritten note. Everyone enjoys getting Christmas greetings through the mail. Personalize each one, then hand-address and sign. Once opened, they are guaranteed to lift the corners of the mouth upward!
4. Buy a meal for a hard working roadside crew. City workers or county employees are often called out on emergencies to repair utilities at a moment's notice. They may be hungry, tired or both and feeding them can greatly change the direction of their moods.
5. Invite a few friends over for some Christmas cheer! While everyone rushes around, doing for and thinking of others, close friends may need a break. Make some hot toddies, offer tasty treats, light the fire pit and sing some Christmas carols, karaoke style.
Of course, the generosity muscle can be flexed all year long, especially when there is a need to be fulfilled. Do not wait for others to lead the way, that path can be forged quite easily on your own.
Merry Christmas to all!