Countdown With Kindness

It’s December 1! You might be counting down to Christmas, Hanukkah, or Kwanzaa, or maybe to the start of the new year. No matter what you’re counting down to, there’s no better way to tick off the days than with acts of kindness. Whether your tradition includes opening little doors of an advent calendar, lighting candles, or just checking off each day in your planner, consider adding a kindness goal for each day. It might be something simple like “hug someone who needs it.” It might be something that takes a bit more effort like “help someone who is struggling.” It could be specific, for instance, “bring food to someone who is hungry.” You might choose to come up with all the acts of kindness in advance or maybe you decide each day what the next act of kindness will be. Whether you’re doing this alone or with family, spend time reviewing the act of kindness and how it made you and others feel. It’s a great way to keep from getting sucked into all the commercialism and remember the real meaning of the holidays.