It’s that time of year again. The holidays are upon us and people’s behavior changes. Starting right around Thanksgiving, people generally act nicer and think more about their fellow human being. Charitable donations also go up significantly between Thanksgiving and New Years.
Is this increase in kindness and generosity due primarily to the holidays themselves or have we been conditioned from a young age to think that someone is watching during this time of year and it is a holdover from that impressionable age?
While I enjoy the increase in these types of behavior I wish that people would act like this every day and not just for one month a year. How much better would it be if everyone acted this nice and generous every day? Wouldn’t it be amazing if people could always donate to those less fortunate and to constantly be willing to lend a hand to someone in need?
As you enjoy time with your friends and family, think of those who may not be as lucky. After the holidays have passed, please keep remembering them. I would ask that we try to keep that generous spirit going long after the presents have been unwrapped and the revelry has ended.
People need help year round, not only during this part of the year. Let’s try to donate just a little more to make those who are really struggling a little safer and more secure. While it is great to donate money and there is plenty of that needed, you can donate your time and talents. Food kitchens need help handing out meals, donation boxes need packed, or if you could even stop by a nursing home and just listen to people and let them not feel so lost and alone.
Going out and doing something for others is probably the greatest gift you can do for them and yourself at the same time. Hopefully I’ll see you out there…