There are many people that suffer from the holiday blues, and some who are truly depressed. Whether it’s because you find yourself alone or because you are missing a very special person that you used to share the season with, I’ve got the cure. Through blessing others you bless yourself. By getting yourself off of your mind you will find that you are a lot happier. Sewing happiness into someone else’s life will chase the blues away faster than you can say Merry Christmas.
I’m grateful that God has blessed me with the financial means to bless people with funds that can make their Christmas more enjoyable. However, even if you don’t have a nickel to your name you can bless people. You can bless people with a compliment. Tell them how nice they look or how beautiful their smile is. Watch to see how people light up from the gift of kind words. Doing it to a stranger is lots of fun. Follow up your kind words with “Merry Christmas” or “Jesus loves you.” They may desperately need to hear those words and you won’t have a clue how much.
Time is a huge commodity and a gift you can use to bless those you know, as well as strangers. Pop in on an old friend or a grandparent and tell them that you love them and have missed them. Go to a convalescent home and visit some very lonely people. Just squeezing someone’s hand and looking them in the eyes will mean more to them than you may ever know. With only a few dollars you can buy a box of Christmas cards and pass them out to the people sitting around in the halls or at the lunch table. You can totally brighten up their day with very little effort. Or pick up the phone and call someone that you know is lonely. We all have that person that we talk to once in a blue moon and they tell us how bored or lonely they are. Taking time out of your busy schedule to bless them will make you feel good.
It’s real easy to volunteer your time to help others during the holiday season. You can help in a soup kitchen or deliver meals to the needy. One year my husband and I delivered gifts to children whose parents were in jail. We weren’t even asked to purchase them. They just needed to be delivered. All you need to bless others this way is a car.
If you want to bless others in a huge way you can join or organize a group to band together and fulfill a family’s needs. This article in realsimple.com is loaded with ways that people blessed others during the holidays. Just reading the stories made me smile.
So whether you are blue, depressed, or just a bah-humbug kind of person who dreads the season, get yourself off of your mind. Go out and bless someone and you will see how great it feels. The more you do, the more blessed and happy you’ll feel. You never know, you may find yourself looking forward to the holiday season next year.
I’d really love to hear from you. Share your stories of blessing others so that the rest of us can smile with you.