It’s supposed to be “the most wonderful time of the year,” according to the late, holiday song crooner, Andy Williams. But let’s be honest, as a White Sox fan, often this time of year is filled with disappointment and lackluster, off-season signings. On the personal side of our lives, there are too many people trying to grab that most-desired toy, traffic is horrible and the weather is blustery. And of course, there is a lot of family time. Lots of family time.
It is during times like these, it is easy to be a “Scrooge” and say, “bah humbug” to it all.
I want you to take a deep breath, be a little more patient, and a little more generous. You don’t need to have a lot of money to be generous.
A few of my favorite ways to show generosity during this season are to:
Donate your time, or money, to the local animal shelter.
Contribute to the grocery stores’ drive to feed families less fortunate (they usually give you the chance to choose the amount you donate.)
Shovel the sidewalk for the single parent who lives next door – Lord knows I do not know how they do it all without a partner.
Don’t ignore that friend of a friend who posts on Facebook for you to donate a little to help a sick family via GoFundMe.
Tip well. Gift well. This includes your postal carrier, your waste management team, teachers, etc.
Let that car merge in to your lane when they have had miles to merge over. Sorry, I am prone to road rage any time of year, this one is likely more personal to me.
Let your family know how much they mean to you – biological family or not.
According to reports, being generous helps YOU, the giver, live a happier, healthier, more satisfied life, than those who do not give. It’s science.
Be a little more intentional, a little more selfless, a little more thankful and a little more generous with your time, your talents and your cash.