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After this year, I’ve been feeling drained. Recent events have been draining emotionally, and it’s been hard to watch the news because something bad seems to happen every time I turn it on.
In order to combat the constant negativity the world seems to be throwing out there, let’s commit some acts of kindness this holiday season!
Email A Family Member Or An Old Friend // Take about five minutes of your lunch break or Pinterest browsing time to send an email or Facebook message to someone you love who you haven’t talked to in awhile. Wish them happy holidays, ask how they’re doing, and even give a brief update on your own life. It will make their day that you were thinking of them, and it always feels great connecting with loved ones!
*BONUS: Share a fond memory that you have with them!
Give A 100% Tip At Your Favorite Coffee Shop // Giving a 100% tip at a restaurant or for lunch can be a little expensive this time of year, but coffee is normally more reasonable. Instead of buying coffee two days in a row, just go once and give a 100 percent tip and skip your next day’s coffee. You’ll make someone’s day!
*BONUS: Give it to your favorite barista, it’ll make their day knowing that you appreciate them!
Create Gifts For The Service People In Your Life // Your post-person, UPS delivery person, and even the people who pick up your garbage deserve a little extra love this time of year. It’s normally incredibly busy for them, and a $5 gift card with a little note of thanks will seriously make their day. Tape it to your mailbox, garbage or front door. Also this might be a great idea for your building super or management as well!
*BONUS: Buy a couple for police officers or security people that you see regularly. They could use a warm cup of something in this chilly weather!
Give Gifts When You're Traveling // If you’re traveling this holiday season, buy some candy canes, ribbon and construction paper. Write a little message like “Happy Holidays” or “Merry Christmas & A Happy New Year” on pieces of construction paper, then attach them using ribbon to candy canes. Give them out to your cab driver, the TSA agent, airport workers, and gas station workers. They’re away from their families so you can get to yours.
*BONUS: Chat with them about their families and what they’re doing on later on!
Volunteer To Cook Dinner For Someone // Do you have an elderly neighbor or a busy family that lives near you? Cook them a dish that easily reheats, they will really appreciate not having to cook for one night!
*BONUS: Eat it with them! Especially if they live alone or with all kids, they’ll appreciate the company.
Being kind doesn’t have to cost much, or be big. Hold the door open a little more, say please and thank you more enthusiastically, or always have some change for the Salvation Army Kettle ringers. I wanted to give you some things that are a little out of the ordinary to do!
Do you go out of your way to be extra kind this time of year? What do you do every year? Do you have any acts of kindness that you do every year?
Ashley is the blogger behind A Blonde & A Briefcase: a blog full of advice for young professionals. Ashley is a 20-something Midwest transplant living in Boston with her fiancé. When she isn't eating tacos or trying to convince her fiancé they really do need a dog, you can find her exploring her new city, online shopping, and reading too many articles at once.