While you’re rushing around, out and about shopping for all of your gifts and holiday delights, there is one thing that you should make sure is on your list this Christmas, spreading kindness.
Being kind is free but its value is beyond measure. So, as the inspo quote says, why not throw it around like confetti?
More even! Because I can assure you, a good handful of kindness will be appreciated a heck of a lot more than getting a face full of coloured paper (which you then need to clean up).
Given that ‘tis the season’, here are our top ways to spread kindness this Christmas:
Your time is precious and donating it to a worthy cause is a win win. Not only are you making a difference to something that is meaningful, but the sense of fulfilment that you feel is incredible.
Volunteering comes in many forms. You could; help feed the homeless, assist in a hospital or care home, raise funds or awareness for a charity or give some love to an animal in a shelter by taking them for a walk or play, to name just a few.
There are plenty of causes in desperate need of assistance and lots of options for you to choose from.
As well as giving much needed help, you’ll feel more grounded and gain perspective on what’s actually important.
Food, clothes, money or blood… (or all of the above!) whatever you choose to donate could be essential to someone in need.
Whether that be a jacket someone needs to keep warm on a cold night, a tin of food to provide a meal to a dog without a home or potentially the difference between life and death for someone needing blood, it all has a huge positive impact.
All from things that you have ‘to spare’.
Every year I give and receive adoptions for Christmas and I love them!
Now, before you start questioning how many children or furbabies I could possibly have running around my house (answer; 0 children and 1 small scruffy dog), ‘adoptions’ come in many forms.
Yes, you can absolutely literally adopt an animal in need of a forever home but remember, this is a lifetime commitment, not just an expression of Christmas charity.
There are so many animals seeking a loving home so it’s a wonderful thing to do (#adoptdontshop) but not all adoptions have to mean a new member of the family.
Lots of charities, missions, shelters and sanctuaries offer adoption schemes where you can donate money on a regular basis to support a child, community, animal (or even species!) in need. They are a lovely gift to give to others as well as yourself :)
Not in a position to commit to something permanent? That’s cool. These programs are often monthly or annual donations. So, if your financial position changes you can scale back if needed.
(For the record, my current adoptions are; 1 koala, 1 goat, 2 pigs, 1 horse, 2 cows and an elephant… in case you were wondering)
We all know someone who is doing it a little (or a lot) tougher than they could be. The holidays can be a really hard time for some people and acknowledging that and being there for them shows how much you care.
Maybe it’s taking the time to visit an elderly neighbour for a chat and a cup of tea, baking up some extra dinner for a busy single parent or taking a friend out for coffee ‘just because’.
Being there and being present may be the most important gift you give this Christmas.
I was always taught that manners cost nothing, and while that can sound a bit old school, it has always stuck with me.
I have since realised that not only do manners ‘cost nothing’ but being considerate actually gives something.
Especially these days where we’re all so busy, trying to get to the front of the line, eyes fixated on phone screens with little acknowledgement of any other person. The holidays only magnify this with the extra pressure of an ever increasing ‘to do’ list and a limited time to get through it.
When was the last time someone paused for a moment to hold a door open for you?
How do you feel when a stranger has a few kind words for you, or even just thanks you for letting them out in traffic?
If everyone was just a little more kind and considerate, could you image the positive effect that could have on our daily lives?
We’re all busy, we’ve all got ‘stuff’ so why not try to help each other out by taking an extra second to be kind. You never know what people are going through, so your small act of kindness may have a bigger impact than you could possible imagine.
All most of these things cost is time (and maybe a few surplus blood cells) and trust us, there is always time to be kind.
How do you spread kindness?