5 Ways to Show Kindness This Holiday

Most of us would agree, that we have the basics. We may not be the richest or the most successful in our careers, but we have a lot to be thankful for. Food on the table for every meal, a place to call home, loved ones to talk to, and the ability to travel or enjoy a meal out every once in a while. This holiday season, I invite you to challenge yourself to show kindness to someone in need. Here are 5 ways you can do this.

5 Ways to Show Kindness This Holiday:

  • Donate Canned Goods: This time of year, there are many food drives going on. Donate some non-perishable items to a local church or to a non-profit. Spending a few extra dollars on some items will be worth it knowing you’re helping a hungry family.
  • Make a Meal for new parents or an elderly person: If you know someone who just recently had a baby or maybe just has a young family and is busy and tired, make them a meal! Provide throw-away containers, paper plates, plastic utensils, and napkins so there’s no clean up for them either! If you don’t know a young family, reach out to an elderly person. They may be longing for some attention and a conversation over dinner.
  • Buy a toy and donate it to a toy drive: Take advantage of the toy drive opportunities during the Christmas season. Think of the smile on the child’s face Christmas morning when they open up a toy that they’ve been wanting. 
  • Buy a Coffee for the person behind you: If you’re ordering your favorite seasonal beverage, offer to pay for the person behind you. This small act of kindness will no doubt make that person’s morning a little brighter. 
  • Write a thank you note to a helpful colleague: If one of your co-workers always has your back and shows you kindness, write them a thoughtful note. You could even bake them up some cookies to go along with it! 

May your holidays not only be filled with fun, food, and family, but also with love and kindness. 

Favorite way to show kindness? How can you show kindness today?

Tell me in the comments below!

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18 thoughts on “5 Ways to Show Kindness This Holiday

  1. I’ve been really wanting to show my gratitude to a few certain people this year and so have been thinking of things I could make/bake. My secretary at my theatre works above and beyond anyone I’ve ever met so I’m planning on making a big batch of granola tomorrow and bringing it in to him. Its really the smallest things – little notes or homemade gifts or even just a few words of sincere thanks – that often mean the most, at least to me (or a single coffee – that one means so much to me!!). Great reminder – thanks Heather.

  2. I really want to try the idea of buying coffee for the next person in line; I’ve seen that several places, and I really don’t want to be shy about doing it. However i haven’t done it yet; thank you for reminding me! 🙂

  3. I really love the idea of buying coffee for the next person in line, and writing notes to people! I’ve noticed that when I write a thank you note or just a nice little note at a random time, it means a lot to people. I’ve been on the receiving end and it sure does make my day! Thank you for reminding me how much I have that I should be grateful for and all those who I can show some extra kindness to!

  4. I love the idea of making a meal for others–that can really make their day! I also love the idea of writing a note to a co-worker. I think often we don’t do enough to thank those we work alongside.
    One thing I’ve heard can be super-helpful, in addition to donating canned goods, is making a donation directly to the food pantry. That way, they can provide hungry families not just with non-perishables, but fresh food, as well!

    • Thats a good idea too! My church has a program that feeds several local families. It’s nice to know your directly helping someone in your community!

  5. My mom is in charge of the food pantry at her church and it is amazing how many families they help every year especially around the holidays. I really like to make some brown-bag meals to drive around and pass out in our local community to the homeless during the holidays. Everyone deserves a good meal and the shelters can be quite full this time of year.

    • Thats a great idea too! I’ve also heard of people driving around with blessing bags with toiletries inside for homeless people in the neighborhood.

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