Season’s greetings! Happy Holidays! Merry Christmas! Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Happy New Year!
‘Tis the holiday season and no matter which holiday you observe some basic themes exist, the celebration of religion and culture, charity/gift giving, and traditional foods are a few. In fact, in many ways Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanzaa have more in common than you might realize and it would be worth a few moments of your time to learn a little bit about a different culture’s beliefs and customs. But, I’ll leave that for you to decide.
The principles of community and charity are the focus for this month’s WellWork exercise. Over the next month I am encouraging you to increase your connection to your community and practice charity by taking the opportunity to give to a stranger. Your charity can be as simple as helping another shopper carry packages to her car, offering to shovel snow from a neighbor’s drive or buying coffee for the person in line with you at the coffee shop. Perhaps you’ll choose to devise a more complex plan of putting together a charity drive or paying for a holiday feast to be delivered to a family in need. Your charitable endeavors can be as small or as large as you like but practice your acts of charity several times a week (or every day hint, hint). As you perform your gestures of holiday spirit take time to enjoy the act of giving. There is no rule that says you should not derive some benefit yourself. Have fun with this and be creative!
I encourage you to share your altruistic adventures in the comments section below as a means of inspiring others (and to toot your own horn a bit).
Enjoy the season, help others enjoy it as well and be safe!
Until next time, have a happy healthy day!