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December Wellwork

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!

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Give a little, get a lot!

Today is Arizona Gives Day here in AZ.
It is a day each year in April dedicated to encouraging people to give to a local non-profit charity.

I love this day! I donate to various local charities throughout the year, but there is something about donating on this particular day that makes me feel 10x better than any other day.

This year funds are pretty tight and I considered forgoing my usual donation in favor of paying rent.

Then I remembered that one of the key tips to manifesting more money is to not be afraid to give some away. This shows the Universe that you already feel abundant and prosperous and are ready to receive more of the same. It puts your mind in a positive plane for accepting wealth and abundance.

Plus, one of my life goals is to be a philanthropist. As a child when asked what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said, ” A Rockefeller or a Carnegie”. Their contributions to charity and the arts entranced me.

Now that goal seems pretty far off considering my current finances. Or is it?
According to Mirriam-Webster the definition of philanthropy is, “the practice of giving money and time to help make life better for other people.”

That’s it! That is all I have to do to be a philanthropist? There’s no dollar amount or time requirement?

Whoopee! Goal attained!

So today with one donation I achieved a major life goal and attracted more money into my life. How great is that!

The biggest thing to remember is it’s the act of giving that attracts more abundance not how much you give. Revel in the joy of helping others and you will be rewarded many times over.

So whether you are in Arizona or somewhere else in the world, donate to your favorite organization today. You’ll be glad you did.

Oh ya, my chosen charity today? The MIM (love that place)!