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Spreading Holiday Cheer

Tuesday, December 24th, 2019

Tis the season to be jolly and that shouldn’t just be for you. How about we spread the cheer a bit? Holidays can be a tough time for a lot of people – those you are living alone, those who recently lost a loved one, those who are suffering from depression, those who are stuck in hospitals for their own or their loved ones’ ailments, those going through a cash crunch, and so many others. You never really know anyone else’s story, or what kind of issues and difficulties they might be facing. So take the chance this holiday season to spread some joy and just be a tad bit nicer (we know you’re already a nice person, but how about we pump it up a bit). Here are some ideas to spread some warmth around this chilly season.

 

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1. Buy from local stores and artisans

Everyone knows that holidays also mean shopping. Gifts for your family and friends, for your office Secret Santa, decorations, plum cake, chocolates, it’s actually quite never-ending. Support your local communities and buy local instead of hitting the mall or large retail stores. It might seem like a slight thing for you, but it means the world to store/artisan you purchase from.

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Image Source – SmallBizDaily

 

2. Donate

For those alone or abandoned, it’s an especially trying time of the year. It’s lonely, it’s cold, and it ends up being quite sad. Luckily, you can help by donating. Whether it’s gifts, money, or honestly, the best one, time. Whether it’s orphanages, old age homes, or animal shelters, everyone could do with a little extra love this holiday season.

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3. Call up

It might sound like a weirdly small thing, but take the time to make some calls to people you haven’t spoken to in a while. Just to check in, say hi, and wish them happy holidays. You never know how a small hello from you might brighten someone’s day.

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Happy Holidays!

It’s World Kindness Day!

Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

13th November is celebrated as World Kindness Day every year across several countries, including India. Started way back in 1998, it’s a day to remind us that a little extra kindness to those around us is never a small thing, especially for the person on the receiving end.

So, what can you possibly do to make the world a kinder place? Here are some suggestions:

 

1. Volunteer

It’s often said that the greatest gift you can ever give someone is your time. Make a pact to volunteer at a charity or NGO, hospital or old age home, or even an animal shelter. Find something that speaks to your heart and get out there and spread some happiness. If you can do it regularly, like once a week, that’s great! If not, once a month is good too. But do get out there. It might not make a big difference to you, but trust us when we say, it’s going to be a bright spot in the day for whoever you spend it with.

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Image Source – kccasa

 

2. Donate

No one is speaking of sending out millions to NGOs if you can’t afford it, but even a small amount earmarked for a charity cause every month makes a huge difference in the world. Find a cause or two that resonate with you, do some basic research on the institution you would like to support. And you can even claim a tax benefit if the charity or NGO you donate to is registered. Talk about win-win!

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Image Source – taxjustice

 

3. Keep your eyes open (and help!)

Remember that old man who was having trouble crossing the street alone you saw a week ago? Or that rickshaw driver who seemed to have exhausted his petrol and was pushing his rickshaw along all alone? Why didn’t you help out? In our daily rush to get to work/college and then our rush to get back home, have we become desensitized to such an extent that we don’t even see each other in the blur? In the words of Mahatma Gandhi, ‘Be the change you want to see’. A small deed goes a long way.

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4. Compliment people

This is truly one of our favorites. Whether it’s for friends and family, or strangers, every single person immediately feels better after being complimented. Maybe your sister’s dress is nice. Maybe that strangers hairstyle is cool. Maybe your coworker did a great job in that meeting today. Tell people! There’s just not enough of that in the world. Be the change agent to making it a kinder place.

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Image Source – Ty Bennett

 

5. Smile

Really. Sometimes that’s all it takes. A random smile from a random stranger can truly go a long way in brightening someone’s day. Especially since you don’t know what kind of they had, or what struggles they might be dealing with. You never know, your smile might actually be the bright spot of their day. Doesn’t just that possibility sound wonderful. Make your smile, and it’s ability to improve someone’s day, your superpower.

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Image Source – The Weekly Sparkle

 

And always remember – the more you give (whether in funds, supplies, or time), the more you get. You will be the happier for it.

Have a happy and kind day!