Random Acts of Kindness and Making Sense of the Holidays

I, like many, love the holiday season. The entertaining, the laughter, and bringing joy to others. However, I know there are many people who don’t feel this way about the holidays. Some see it as a burden, some as a reminder that they are alone. Some get distracted by all the chores and forget to appreciate all the joy around them.

Last year, I had the opportunity to see three families unveil their new homes through Habitat for Humanity right before Christmas.

This was the culmination of a charity golf tournament my young lawyers group had in 2015 which helped build one of the three homes. These families worked hard towards their home by taking home ownership and finance classes, and doing a certain amount of sweat equity hours. To see three families who never had homes of their own receive such a gift before the holidays was overwhelming. I believe even the most callous of people would experience at least a twinge of emotion watching this.

This year, we’ve started an initiative to perform random acts of kindness for the month of December. These acts are done without the expectation of a thank you, without maybe even the person knowing who did the act. An example would be paying for the groceries/coffee of the person in front of you, volunteering your time at a local charity, signing up to buy a child in need (or family) presents for Christmas, sending a note to someone who needs a pat on the back, etc.

If you struggle with the holiday season, a RAK could get you back on track. Regardless of your religious beliefs or lack thereof, keeping in mind your own reason for the season–joy, family, unity, selflessness–is essential in order to stay grounded as the rush of the holidays washes over you.

RAKs don’t have to be about money, either. So just because your bank account is skimpy doesn’t mean you should skip this step (see: share your time). I promise you the rewards from your RAK will be worth it.

Check out https://www.volunteermatch.org which will show you opportunities in your community. Start small, or start big…either way, the holiday season will be brighter.

Do you have any giving traditions? What are some RAKs you’ve done recently?

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