25 Ways to Shake Off the Holiday Blues
The holidays can be a magical time of year for some, but it can be a stressful, hectic, even melancholy time for others. If you’re just not feeling that holiday spirit, don’t stew – do! Here are 25 quick and easy ways to spread cheer and banish the holiday blues.
- Thank a server or retail clerk for great service, and tell the manager.
- Offer to help a neighbor take down their Christmas decorations, or shovel their driveway.
- Send a holiday card to an elderly neighbor, or even better, pay them a visit with a special treat.
- Let that car merge in front of you, even if they didn’t use their blinker.
- Hold the door for someone.
- Compliment a total stranger.
- Offer a sympathetic word to the frazzled mom with the tantruming toddler.
- Let go of a grudge. Write it a detailed letter as if it were a person, and then burn the letter on New Year’s Eve.
- Buy a hot holiday toy for your local toy drive.
- Purge your closets and donate your used items to a local charity.
- Offer to babysit for a single parent while they get some shopping and wrapping done.
- Pay the toll or tab for the person behind you.
- Contact your utility about paying the electric bill for a needy family.
- Invite someone without family to your holiday dinner.
- Listen to someone’s woes. Really listen uncritically.
- If you are really into grocery couponing, donate your haul to charity.
- If you don’t normally tip a service provider during the holidays, choose one or two and give them a really nice gift card.
- Top off someone’s parking meter.
- Apologize to someone you have wronged. ‘Tis the season for random outreach.
- If someone has had an influence on your life, thank them in person or in an e-mail. They may not even know they had an impact.
- Help someone with an errand that makes their life easier, like shopping for a party.
- Leave holiday cards on your co-workers’ desks.
- Donate your used-but-still-good party decorations to a nursing home.
- Play Secret Santa and leave (or mail) a grocery store gift card or gas station card to someone in need.
- If the holidays really give you the blues, look forward. Make a New Year’s resolution, read an inspirational book, vow to better your finances.
In other words, step outside of yourself, if only for a short block of time, and focus on brightening someone’s day. Even one good deed done anonymously, is a lasting gift to the person receiving it. And it will instantly make your spirits brighter, too. Can it hurt to try?