The holiday season is now upon us which means there will be plenty of time to spend with family where you exchange gifts and enjoy delicious meals with your loved ones. However, this is also the ideal time to focus on gratitude and giving back. Making an effort to do good during this hectic time of the year is a beautiful tradition you can start for yourself or your family. So, whether it is volunteering your time, performing random acts of kindness, or simply making a donation, let’s take a look at a few ways you can give back during the holiday season.
One of the easiest ways to give back is by paying it forward and doing something kind for a complete stranger. So, the next time you go through the drive-thru to get a morning cup of coffee or even lunch, pay for the person waiting behind you. You will drive away before they realize what you did which means they will not get a chance to thank you, but you will also leave with that great feeling of knowing you probably made that stranger’s day.
Another simple way to give back during the holiday season is by randomly increasing your tips by 50 to 100 percent when you go out to eat. You can also write a simple note wishing your waiter/waitress a happy holiday on the bill as you leave them a nice tip. These acts go a long way and do not go unnoticed.
You also need to teach your children about the importance of giving back, even at a young age. One way to do this is by making one of their Christmas gifts a pre-determined amount of money. Then, with your help, they can use that money to choose a charity or organization that they would like to support and donate their money to. This will give children first-hand experience to giving back and set them on a philanthropic path as they grow older.
While you plan your Christmas gift list, you might want to consider donations rather than gifts. As a special gift for someone, you can set up a recurring monthly donation for any organization that you want to support. There is no such thing as a small donation, and even a recurring $5 donation can make a huge difference.