How To Spread Kindness This Christmas
Christmas day was the highlight of my childhood. Those born in the 90’s can relate to how we looked forward to the day. It was the one time we got brand new clothes, ate rice, chicken and, coleslaw salad served in glass plates that were neatly packed in the room divider. You knew when your mother took them down from there a very special meal was about to go down. I asked my friend what her Christmas was like when she grew up and she told me she looked forward to traditional ham, chicken pies and mince pies.
On rare occasions, it would rain and you’d be stuck indoors feeling like the world is plotting against you because you didn’t get to show off your Christmas clothes to your friends. It was a glorious time to be alive, beautiful memories were made.
I wonder how generation Z (newest generation to be named and were born between 1995 and 2015) celebrates the festive season?
I’ve seen a couple of posts online with people asking for donations for different supplies. I’m for this beautiful and kind gesture but has anyone thought of the little things that we can do in addition to making donations? Something that will lift the next person’s spirit and heal some raw wounds?
Below is a list of 10 things anyone can do not only this festive season but every single day because it costs nothing at all.
- Spend time with the elderly people in your community. We often forget that they aren’t as strong as they used to be. In these trying times of no electricity, you can lend a helping hand by going to chop some firewood for them, cutting up their lawn or helping them with anything they might need.
- Share the resources if you can. My good neighbors had an extension cable connected to my house so that I can have access to using their solar power.
- Give someone a lift FOR FREE. Make someone’s day and help them save the cash they’ve been queuing for all day at the bank.
- A genuine compliment will give a spring to anyone’s step. Compliment on something you like that someone is wearing. It could be their dress, hairstyle or anything you can think of that oozes positivity.
- Babysit for a friend or relative. Time for self-care is something a lot of parents never have. You would be making a huge difference if you did that for just a few hours of the day. The parent(s) will be eternally grateful.
- Go through your wardrobe. Those clothes you haven’t worn for months, shoes you didn’t remember you had? Give them away. If you stay in a neighborhood like mine where you have mothers with babies on their backs while balancing sacks of fruits or vegetables on their heads looking to exchange their goods for clothes. Surprise them and give that bag of clothes you packed away at no cost.
- Share your umbrella when it’s raining. You know you have enough space for two people in there.
- Help a friend job hunt. There are a lot of job vacancies posted online every day. I know you spend a lot of time on social media. Share that screenshot with the post your friend is qualified for. Who knows, they might get the job and end the year on a fabulous note.
- Check-in on someone who’s sick. Not the standard “How are you feeling instant message”. Go the extra mile, pick up the phone and call them. Even better if they’re close by visit them and prepare them a hot meal they can have to help them feel better soon.
- Hug someone close to you. You’d be surprised how many people never get physical contact. Hugging makes everyone feel better. Just make sure you ask for permission first. Some people aren’t comfortable with physical touch.
Which one of the things you can do for free will you choose to do today?
Be kind, sprinkle it everywhere.