5 Ways to Embrace the Season of Giving

by Kevin on December 17, 2014

The season which runs between Thanksgiving and Christmas goes by all sorts of names, depending on who you talk to, and you probably even have your own name for it as well! If you haven’t yet been able to truly embrace the “reason for the season,” as some call it, you might want to give it some serious thought.

Joining with others in giving back for the blessings that have been bestowed on you is a great way to make it joyful and memorable for you as well.

But just how do you do that? How do you give back without literally taking what you’ve received and handing it over to someone else?

Thankfully, there are several ways you can give and receive the benefits of “giving back.”

Consider these ideas:

1. Visit a children’s hospital. Kids who are sick need to know that they’re loved and cared for. You can give them that reassurance by spending time with them during this season of giving. Your visits will provide much-needed encouragement and bring some special joy into their day.

• Find out from your local children’s hospital if they have a program which allows you to become a mentor to young patients.

• Make play dates or plan to read stories.

• Add the children to your social media network so they feel involved.

2. Donate cash, food, clothes, toys, or other gifts. Sometimes the most direct way to give is to donate cash or goods to a needy individual or organization. Your contribution can make a meaningful difference in an individual’s life or a program’s ability to help the masses. It’s easy to embrace the season when you realize how much you are appreciated!

3. Adopt a pet. Taking an abandoned pet into your home is one of the most heartwarming things you’ll ever experience! Animals have such a direct way of showing gratitude by giving back unconditional love and loyalty.

4. Count your blessings. Sometimes all it takes to embrace the season of giving is sincere appreciation of all the blessings you’ve received. When you take a moment to look at all you’ve received and achieved, you’ll realize that you have more than you imagined and can then feel free to share your wealth – financial and spiritual – with others.

5. Spend precious time with those you love. Precious memories with family members and other loved ones are worth more than their weight in gold. It’s an awesome feeling to let those closest to you know how important they are to you. That’s probably the best gift you’ll ever give them!

As you can see, the season of giving can really mean what you want it to mean. Embrace it by choosing your own special way to give back to others while giving thanks for all you’ve received.

Customize the season to fit your life and cater to the things that are really important to you.

Taking this approach enables you to get the most out of this season of giving, and also ensures that each year you can make new memories that you’ll cherish forever.

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Three Ways to Strengthen Your Ties to Loved Ones

by Kevin on December 10, 2014

Everyone has people they care deeply about, but sometimes families and friends drift apart. If you’ve found yourself wanting to get closer to those you love, you can strengthen the ties that bring you together.

With so much technology available, it’s much easier to keep in touch today than ever before. And even in this age of increasing technology, there are still old-fashioned ways to keep in touch and stay close. Phone calls, letters, and personal visits, for example, provide a personal touch that lets those you love most know how you important they are to you.

Let Them Know You Really Care

It’s very easy to spend time with your loved ones and avoid expressing your feelings. That’s especially true with men, because they tend to be quieter and more reserved. If you want to let your feelings for other people show, though, there are a lot of thoughtful and memorable ways to express them.

Try these techniques to help you get closer to those you love:

1. Write a heartfelt letter. A letter often means more to the recipient than hearing the words spoken, and it’s something a person can hold onto for a long time. Express your deepest feelings about how much your loved one means to you, how they’ve influenced your life, and how much you value the relationship that you have together.

2. Take time to spend time with them. Few things in this world are more precious than time. When you willingly spend time with someone, you show that person that you value them and that they’re important to you. You also make lasting memories.

3. Meet their needs. Maybe your loved one really likes to do something different than the things you’re interested in. Do those activities together anyway, just because you love them. You’ll learn a lot about them, make them feel valued, and possibly even find that the activity is much more enjoyable than you expected it to be.

Time Heals Most Wounds

Sometimes, ties to loved ones fade because of things that have happened in the past. These wounds can be healed with time and effort. Be honest and upfront with your friends or family members about your feelings. Most of them will be willing to let bygones be bygones. Healing begins when you express your remorse and communicate that your loved one is valuable to you.

Make an effort to get back in touch with your family and friends if you’ve lost ties with them. Even if you’re still in touch, you can always take action to strengthen the bond you share or repair the one you shared at one time.

Loved ones are family members, friends, and co-workers that you’ve come to really care about. No matter who they are, keep them close to you. Continue to work at strengthening the relationships that are most important to you. As you make the effort, they’ll make the effort in return. The result will be a deep, meaningful relationship that enhances your life and fuels your joy for a lifetime!

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