Research shows the human mind responds positively to giving, It is actually something our mind craves, to do good for others. Many times we can cloud this natural instinct with hectic schedules, demanding careers, life stress and so many other things; but giving is good for the soul. As we start a new year and reflect on all the good from the crazy year of 2020, we should take a moment to think of those not as fortunate. I personally have friends who have lost family members and friends to COVID-19, or lost jobs, or had to relocate for work. Life has been hard for many, but those of us who can give, should give. Here are a few helpful tips to start 2021 on the right foot, the path of selflessness and compassion.
Donate to a local food drive. Whether you donate a few canned goods or an entire truckload to the local food bank, every nonperishable item collected contributes to the hunger relief in your local area. This year, challenge yourself to configure nutritious donations that would make complete meals or that will cover all of the major food groups.
Prepare a meal. Since the Holiday season is complete and schools are open one week and closed the next, food security is a real issue for many Americans. Team up with a friend to donate a meal to a family or person in need. Sometimes all you need is a home cooked meal to make you feel like everything is going to be okay. The thoughtfulness of preparing a meal will bring joy to the receiver. Check in with your neighbors, it doesn’t have to be a person financially in need to get a break, everyone could you some kindness and unexpected generosity.
Inspire the community. When a fundraiser arises that you are interested in supporting, increase your impact by encouraging friends and family members to join you. Social media makes it so easy to spread the word for a good cause. You can also organize your own nonprofit event to help spread the feel-good momentum throughout the community.
Give the gift of companionship. The holidays can be rough for those who do not have family close by. Consider opening your home to friends or acquaintances whom you know do not have plans. Although this is difficult with COVID-19, consider a zoom hangout or virtual game night. Or volunteer at a local nursing home, by becoming a pen pal. So many elderly struggle with loneliness the hardest during these unprecedented times. Sometimes, a genuine conversation is all you need to warm the soul.