It’s the holiday season, the time of year that families and friends join together in a worldwide spirit of giving and charity. But it’s more than buying an expensive Christmas present for your teen or the jewelry that your spouse always wanted. The Christmas season is an opportunity for individuals around the globe to make a positive impact in their communities, help the impoverished and needy, and share a feeling of goodwill in a society full of chaos.
Giving Brings Happiness to All
This time of year brings on a slew of holidays. Around the globe there is a season of giving and joy. Some of us eagerly jump onto online holiday shopping websites, eager to buy the perfect gift for our loved ones. Others like to volunteer at soup kitchens and homeless shelters, sing carols to the elderly and shut-ins, or donate money to charitable causes.
Studies show that giving and charity is linked to happiness. When you give to someone, it activities feelings of reward and chemicals that make you feel “good” and even happy. These good feelings are even tied to good overall well-being and health. Those that give of their time through volunteering build confidence and self-esteem.
Giving Builds Relationships
A child gives his mother a handmade gift. A man gives his girlfriend an engagement ring. Two friends exchange memorable gifts. Giving builds relationships. You can build almost any relationship through giving. This can be a special gift, an experience, or a date out on the town. What you give isn’t as important as your generous spirit. Even if you are struggling to stay in budget, you can make a unique gift that they will remember for a lifetime.
Giving Builds Community
In this day and age of social media and loneliness, giving to your community or another human being helps you build your overall sense of belonging, your overall sense of community. Face-to-face interactions, like a parent watching their children open gifts of Christmas morning or volunteering at a soup kitchen, reduces your sense of isolation and loneliness. This contributes heavily to your overall sense of well-being. Additionally, you can help those who have less in your community, lifting up others.
Giving is Contagious
Bring charity alive through sharing gift-giving initiatives through social media and your community. There are many worthy charities like the Salvation Army, Red Cross, UNICEF, Oxfam, and more that work with impoverished communities to provide everything from health services to Christmas gifts to the needy. Or start a charity event for a local need. For example, have a holiday present drive for a local orphanage or convalescence home. Organize it easily through social media and do good in the world.
As the Christmas season comes upon us, take the time to give. You will find that you can lift up your soul and that of another through an extra act of kindness and generosity.