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5 Ways to Spread Joy This Holiday Season
‘Tis the season of giving! And while it’s no secret that this year has been rough for many (2021 CANNOT get here soon enough, amiright?), there’s still time to spread some joy this holiday season. Need some ideas to put a smile on someone’s face? We’ve got you covered.
1. Donate to Causes You Care About
One of the best ways to make a difference in the world is to support organizations doing the hard work, on the ground, every day. Find a cause you’re passionate about, and then donate to a reputable nonprofit that shares your values.
Here at WodBottom, we strive to support victims of domestic violence. That’s why we wholeheartedly support Domestic Abuse Intervention Services of Madison. DAIS provides a safe space for survivors – both children and adults – to heal from their trauma and discover their worth and their purpose. We’re passionate about empowering women. A portion of every WodBottom purchase goes directly to helping DAIS with their mission.
While we certainly recommend supporting DAIS if you’re able, countless nonprofits across the country and around the world can use your help.
2. Give Words of Encouragement
Being kind doesn’t cost a thing. For a free-yet-meaningful way to spread joy this holiday season, look no further than a pen and paper.
Life is busy. Too often, we forget to take the time to focus on those who matter most. This week, why not write a few handwritten notes to family members and friends, letting them know how much they mean to you? Write a thank-you to a co-worker, mail delivery person, or one of our incredible (but exhausted) medical workers?
Sometimes a simple word of encouragement is the very best gift you can give.
3. Shop Local…and Leave a Generous Tip
This pandemic has disrupted so many lives. Many of our friends, family members, and neighbors are out of work. Others, like gig workers, service workers, and those relying on tips, are struggling to make ends meet.
Small business across the country have shuttered their doors. Those that remain open are often limping along, trying to hold on until life returns to normal. Meanwhile, online retail giants (you know the ones) are making record profits.
When you purchase holiday gifts from a local small business, a real, live person does a happy dance. But more than that, your purchase helps small businesses survive. This year, support your local small businesses, whether online or safely in-store.
And if you’re fortunate enough to have a little extra this year, be generous with your tips. Service-based employees need all the support we can give them this holiday season.
4. Do A Kind Deed
It doesn’t take money to bring a smile to someone’s face. Look around: there are ways you can help your friends, neighbors, and community without spending a penny.
Shovel a neighbor’s driveway. Bring a meal to a struggling family. Volunteer to help a local nonprofit. Organize a canned food drive for your local food pantry. Donate that old coat to a homeless shelter.
Or, do something kind and unexpected for your partner, children, or co-workers simply because you can. As author and artist Scott Adams once wrote, “There’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”
5. Play Secret Santa
Playing Secret Santa is an elfing good time. While there are many variations, the idea is the same: print out a note, fill a bag with goodies, and secretly deliver to a neighbor, friend, family member, or co-worker. The person who gets “Elfed” must then pay it forward. Pretty soon, everyone on the block will be smiling ear to ear.
This is a great way to create a sense of community in a year when many of us feel isolated. You can print the directions and cards for free by clicking on this link.
Small acts of kindness can make a huge difference. This holiday season, take a moment to spread some holiday cheer to those around you.
And in case you didn’t already know, we are incredibly grateful for you, our loyal customers, readers, and friends. Thank you for your continued support. May your holidays be filled with joy and laughter.