The holidays are past. For some, it's a relief— for others, it can be difficult. Whichever way you feel, practicing one of these five tactics can help you get over the post-holiday slump.
Five ways to brighten someone else's day:
1. Call your loved ones.
One simple way to brighten someone’s day is by simply calling. Some of your loved ones might live far away, have different plans or not have been able to see you during the holiday season. Particularly for older family members with limited mobility, this can be difficult. However, you can brighten their day by simply giving them a call and checking in. A few quick words of encouragement and affirmation can make a world of difference.
2. Make extra dinner.
Food is always the perfect way into someone’s heart. You can spread love and brighten someone’s day by making a little bit of extra food to share. For people who may not be able to cook for themselves or can’t afford to buy the ingredients, this can truly be the greatest gift of all.
3. Invite someone over.
It’s often been said that the post-holiday season can be the loneliest time of the year. Unfortunately, lots of people find themselves alone during this time for a variety of reasons. Bring extra joy this year by inviting someone into your home. Share food, time, and conversation with them to show how much they are loved and valued.
4. Donate a gift.
Many individuals, families and children are strapped after the holiday season. If you find yourself with a little bit of extra income, time or gifts, consider donating extra presents to a family in need. Whether you give gently-used goods, or buy a brand good off the shelf, you can definitely brighten someone else’s day—particularly a child’s.
5. Have a conversation.
Ultimately, one of the most valuable gifts you can give this is your time. Have a deep, intimate conversation with a loved one, neighbor or even a complete stranger. While some people might feel alone or hurt after the holidays, you can share joy by listening to their stories and speaking affirmation into their lives.