31 Days of Holiday Self-Care, Day 23, Perform an Act of Kindness

This is the first self-care tip I’ve selected that doesn’t actually have something to do with literally taking care of you. But the fact that any act of kindness to another person is as good for the giver as it is for the receiver has been covered extensively. So, today, let’s all throw a little love to someone else who needs some holiday care.

You’ll notice that I didn’t say anything about practicing a random act of kindness, which is such common advice. I’m certainly not against the random acts of kindness; I still get all warm inside when I remember the time someone paid my toll for me on the freeway. But, I personally feel that there’s nothing as rewarding for both parties as looking at someone, noticing they need help, and offering a helping hand. The receiver of the gesture not only gets some needed help, but also the very important benefits that come from truly being seen and understood and you get a chance to really connect with another person rather than simply throwing fifty cents in a toll-booth or paying for the coffee of someone you’ll never see.

Again, I’m not against random acts of kindness! So that’s why I’m not prescribing how you approach your task today. If you feel in the mood for a random act of kindness, then absolutely go for it. There’s even an awesome random acts of kindness generator to help you select one. Or you could choose something like a blanket act of kindness by smiling and saying hello to every person you meet today.

As for me, well, there is a homeless shelter at the end of my street that provides so many useful services to its clients. Every time I pass by the building (and I do it frequently), I am grateful for the service they provide and for the fact that this shelter has been able to coexist peacefully with my increasingly upscale neighborhood for so many years. Whenever I pass by, I always take note of the “We Need…” items posted on their board and send them good thoughts and support. Occasionally, I even bring by some paper towels or cups from my latest Wal-Mart run.

I received a little notice the other day that said the ministry needed cash this time of year so today I donated an amount that I hope makes a difference and shows just how grateful I am to have them here.  I hope my tiny donation can make some type of difference. But, as I said earlier, any act of kindness is a good act of kindness and they all count during the holidays.

This is part of my 31 Days of Holiday Self-Care Challenge. To see all the posts in this series, visit here.

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