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November 20, 2016 2 min read

For many of us, the holidays are a time of joy, stirring up memories of celebrating with dear friends and family while sipping hot drinks and eating delicious food. Unfortunately, this is not the case for everyone and in this contentious time, many may be feeling extra alone. In this season focused on gratitude and love, it is worth taking the extra step to bring joy into someone’s life, especially if they are struggling. Here are a few things you can do to spread holiday cheer:

Open Up Your Home

Consider holding a Friendsgiving or holiday party! Whether folks are far from family by distance or by choice, the holidays are a difficult time to be alone. Filling a room with friendship and love is a great way to reflect on the good times, as well as look forward to future celebrations. You may also want to invite friends to take part in your favorite holiday traditions – a car full of friends looking at holiday lights is always a blast!

Perform a Random Act of Kindness

Buy a coffee for the person in line behind you. Hold open a door for someone struggling with their packages. Offer to babysit. Kindness often has a ripple effect, why not have it start with you?

Commit to Volunteering

Many folks volunteer during the holidays but consider the impact if everyone who lent a hand during the holidays continued doing it year round. Find a cause you’re passionate about and find out what you can do to support it year round.Justice & Trevor at PeacefulPrairie.orgJustice and Trevor at

Adopt a Companion Animal

If you’ve been considering getting a companion animal, why not now? This is a wonderful way to bring joy into both you and your new friend’s life! Be sure to do the research and adopt an animal that you will be able to care for properly. Meet Django adopted from Pei People Shar Pei Rescue:Django #adoptdontshop

Practice Compassionate Giving

When purchasing your gifts this year, consider buying entirely from businesses whose practices are inline with your own values. Another option, especially great for the person who says they don’t need anything, is to make a donation to charity on their behalf. 

Smile at strangers: It’s free!

The holidays are a time that should be filled with light and love. Why not be the brightest you can be?

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