The holidays can be stressful and hard. The hassle of acquiring the perfect gift or conceiving what you want to get but can’t find it, more traffic, money pressures, crowded stores, and congested parking lots. Planning and preparing a meal(s), setting up decorations, baking, and attending programs and parties. It can be traumatic and taxing, especially for those without family, have depression, social anxiety, family drama, various religious beliefs, or sadness due to the loss of a loved one during this time of year.
If you know of someone who lacks a place to enjoy a meal, invite them over or give a small gift card to a restaurant. You might see someone that looks like they are stressed (especially those working in retail this time of year), give them a smile and a kind word or two. Donate used coats, hats, and gloves to a homeless shelter or a family in need. Please help in any way you feel comfortable, but help.
Isn’t this the specific time of year we are supposed to spread joy and happiness? People get caught up with purchasing the ideal gift, preparing a fabulous meal, and so on. Cut back on buying everyone gifts, spend your holidays with friends and family and enjoy each other. Remember everyone has a different situation, but we are all people. A little kindness can go a long way. Share the love and happy holidays!