Do yourself a favour – Do good for others – Happy Christmas

christmas helpersTis the season to be jolly or even better, be generous, use your talents to help another person this Christmas, just one person or one family.

You can donate to charity and this is a great help to these organisations to pay for their time to do good on your behalf, but maybe this year you could consider the giving of your time. By stepping up and volunteering, you can inspire others to do the same – imagine the power of that!
We all have the power to make a difference and it is great to be able to do so. Christmas is a time when we can step out of our norm and do something different. Rather than feel inhibited, step out and make a difference.

Christmas List at MeanIT Web partnersTwelve ways to make a difference at Christmas

  1. Donate money – by all means do help finance good deeds & great efforts by structured charitable organisations – there are so many good ones
  2. Volunteer – offer yourself to participate with your chosen charity or club
  3. Declutter – some of the unused “stuff” that you posess may be of good use to someone else – call Simon or Vincent
  4. Neighbours – drop in and talk to the neighbours, particularly the elderly, ensure they are okay for Christmas
  5. Goodwill – do something you never do, that is not expected of you, to make a difference
  6. Random act of kindness – just do it on the spur of the moment, be impulsive
  7. Thank someone – the coach who trains your kids, the teacher who inspires them, the bus driver who cares for their safety or their friends parents who treat them like family
  8. Listen – focus on listening attentively to your spouse, your kids, your family or friends – just still the mind, chill the beans, focus on hearing and really understanding what is being said. It might allow you learn what they really want from you for Christmas
  9. Church – visit one, any one, in the quiet of the day, sit still and alone with your thoughts, enjoy the peace, the silence and the time to reflect
  10. Confidence – can you help someones confidence or self belief, this will last more than just one season and could inspire that person to be all that they can be.
  11. Laugh – Spread a little sunshine as you go.  Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face.” — Victor Hugo
  12. Time – Give of yourself to make someone feel better, this is when you truly give, maybe the best thing you can do and will generate ocytocin that will make you feel better too. Giving is always more rewarding than receiving and it feels good because it is good.
    Time for you‘ – allow yourself some time to enjoy life and all its bounties. There wiil be plenty of time to think about the stresses and demands after Christmas, so make some time for you as best you can

Happy Christmas to you and yours. May the New Year be healthy, happy, peaceful, exciting and rewarding.

Santa Michael MacGintyRemember Santa Claus, because without the magical excitement of Christmas, many of your earliest dreams would never have been fulfilled. Santa helped so many people make dreams a reality for so many children. Now you can be Santas little helper.
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Remember yourself, take the time to enjoy Christmas, to be grateful for what you have got and to recognise your own achievements over the past year.Taking some time to yourself, is a great way to be good to others. A bit of mindfullness on your own part, might be appreciated by the whole family, as well as by you. awareSVP St Vincent De PaulRemember people who need help this Christmas – be grateful if you do not need it this year. If you do need help, reach out and let people help you. There is no need to be or feel alone. Many people, entrepreneurs especially, live a very lonely existence, so they understand the challenges and you can talk to people who really do understand. Not every one gets to enjoy a fairy tale christmas and many people try very hard at christmas to cover up. But be honest and talk to someone if you need help. It would surprise you to find out how many people you know have been where you are now or worse. Whatever your predicament, you are not the first to get there.

Hopefully you can have a healthy, happy Christmas and may next year be healthy, happy, successful and filled with a good dollop of fun.