Holiday Kindness Counts in the Christmas Season
10 small ways to brighten someone’s day this Christmas season.
It’s the holiday Christmas season here in Oklahoma and at Laurel Springs Mustang! We love Christmas at Laurel Springs and the fun of the holidays! Our friends and family members deserve our care and holiday kindness, but so does everyone whom we meet in our lives. As we start to focus on being a ‘Good Giver’ instead of a ‘Taker’, we find more opportunities to enhance our lives and the lives of others around us by living the Christmas spirit and spreading holiday kindness.
Let’s all try to focus on ‘kindness’ this holiday season and then see if we can make this a 2019 resolution to carry us through the new year!
The holidays are more than candy canes, good deeds, a special time of the year, and eggnog.
According to research gathered by the non-profit Random Acts of Kindness organization, kindness increases our energy, happiness, and lifespan — and decreases our pain, depression, and stress. But we don’t need science to tell us what we already know: When we go about our days actively seeking opportunities to do little things for others, it makes us feel great.
Here are 10 ways you can leave a trail of warm-and-fuzzy feelings in your wake this holiday season.
- Give the gift of a compliment. Make it specific and authentic. Love the shoes of the person in front of you in line at the post office? Don’t hold that thought captive in your head — share it and make that person’s day!
- Return stranded grocery carts to the parking lot corral. People will notice — and might be inspired to copy your kindness. And even if they don’t notice, you’ve hopefully prevented someone’s car from getting dinged!
- Bring back the lost art of courtesy. Hold the door, be the last one off the elevator and let someone with fewer items get in line before you at the convenience store. Spend time looking for opportunities to be courteous.
- Pen a handwritten note to someone. In a time when Americans will send upwards of 781 billion text messages each month, according to statisticbrain.com, old-fashioned handwritten notes carry more meaning than ever.
- Greet people by name in a genuine way — at the gym, at work, at the community center and anywhere you encounter people you know on a first-name basis. The Washington Post reports that using a person’s name is the ”fastest and most reliable way of building rapport.“
- Give up your parking spot. Yes, the parking lot is packed and you’ve been circling around for 5 minutes. But just think how good you’ll feel letting someone else take the spot.
- Tip big — maybe not as big as the man who recently gave a Chicago waitress $11,000, but even an extra dollar or two beyond the standard 15–20 percent is sure to make your server feel appreciated.
- Make a donation. Regardless of the size of the gift, generosity ”lights up the same part of your brain that responds to food,“ according to a 2016 report from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education. Not feeling that flush with cash? Volunteer your time!
- Spring for treats. Whether it’s a tray of chai lattes for your book club or an ice- cold bottle of water for your mail carrier on a hot day, you’ll be delivering a big-time day brightener.
- Smile. Not only will you provide a warm connection point for another human being, but you’ll also be giving your brain a feel-good boost. The mere act of showing off your pearly whites activates neural messaging in your brain, reports Psychology Today — and that boosts your health and happiness.
Can you think of more ways to create kindness in our world? It really costs us nothing to share an attitude of kindness and the rewards for ourselves and our world will be more fruitful than you can imagine! Let’s work on keeping the feeling of holiday kindness all year and enjoy our friends and family at Laurel Springs Mustang!