This is a good time to be reminded of this, so I’m sharing the article below, but I also think there’s another reason to consider this for many survivors, which I’ll get to as well.
With the season of giving upon us, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the power of generosity. And how being generous can help us to be happy. Most of us are taught that being generous is the right thing to do. But scientists have proven it’s also incredibly good for us, and benefits both our physical and emotional well being. In one study, participants were given $20 and the choice to spend it on themselves or to spend it on someone else. Guess who was happier?
As the post below goes on to explain, it’s not just being generous financially that has this effect on us, it can also be giving time by volunteering, or helping out someone who can use it, cooking a meal for them, helping them clean, etc. All of these ways of giving to another human being helps that person, and it helps us. It’s good for us.
The other thing I’d like for many survivors to consider is finding a way to be generous during the holidays especially when you are struggling with the holidays to start with. Yes, I’ve seen many, many folks already starting to dread the holidays. They are estranged from their families, expect to spend the holidays alone, etc. It sucks, I won’t lie about that. But, consider finding a way to be generous, as a way to make the holidays a bit less lonely. Volunteer at a soup kitchen, or another place that may be serving holiday meals. Hop online and offer to chat with other folks in a similar situation over the holidays, make plans to get outside of your own situation, and find a way to give to someone else, even if it’s nothing more than time.
That might be the better option for the holidays compared to just waiting for them to be over if you can find a way to do it.
What suggestions do you have for being generous this holiday season, and all year round?