Turns out, it is truly better to give than to receive! Holidays can be a difficult time for many people and now to add the uncertainties of the COVID-19 pandemic, circumstances can appear much worse. It doesn’t take much to lift your spirits, though. Research shows that giving to others or giving back to your community can lower blood pressure, increase self-esteem, lessen depression and reduce stress levels. So that warm fuzzy feeling you get inside is actually boosting your physical and mental health.
Don’t worry! You don’t have to break the bank to give this holiday season. There are plenty of ways to give back by giving your time to charity, a loved one or even essential workers.
Try these ideas to give the gift of love!
- Donate to a charity in someone's name.
- Give heartfelt homemade gifts.
- Start a family gift exchange.
- Safely volunteer with a charitable organization.
- Offer emotional support to loved ones or essential workers.
- Clean out your pantry & donate food
COVID-19 may affect how some organizations are working with volunteers, so be sure to call ahead of time and ask.