At The Center for Natural Breast Reconstruction, we believe that spreading cheer is something we should be doing year-round, not just during the holiday season.
There is truly no better feeling than knowing you’re making someone happy. When you spread joy, you’re bound to get some in return.
After all, you tend get in return what you give.
For many of us, spreading cheer is something that’s easy to do. Especially if we are surrounded by people who radiate generosity, kindness, and warmth.
Yet, unfortunately, many people do not experience the warmth and happiness we do during this season. In fact, this is a time of year when many people struggle and are sad.
Some families will be celebrating the holidays for the first time without a loved one. Many people will be feeling the effects of isolation and loneliness at much deeper level over the new few weeks. And we can’t forget that this time of year can also be difficult with the grey and gloom of winter that can bring on the winter blues and depression.
For that reason, it’s vital to remember the importance of making each other’s days as merry and bright as we possibly can.
And it’s not hard to do…
Even the smallest act of kindness and love can have a major impact on brightening someone’s day. So, this season, as well as all year round, we encourage you to think about what you can do to lift the spirits of those you love.
We already have a few ideas of things we love to do to spread some cheer! Keep reading to discover 5 of our favorite ways to make someone’s day merry and bright.
Call a Friend or Loved One
For many of us, our lives are so busy that we neglect to check in with the people we love. We certainly don’t mean to, but between work, taking care of families, and everything else we have on our plate, it’s easy to forget to give our friends and family members a call.
And with social media at our finger tips, it’s even easier to keep tabs on people without actually having to talk to them.
This season, and for the rest of the year, make a commitment to staying in touch more frequently with those you love.
The sooner you start, the better!
Pick a time this week to call a friend or family member and catch up. It’s such a nice thing to be able to hear a person’s voice on the phone. A call will certainly spread some joy to whoever is on the receiving end of it.
Send Handmade Cards
Once again, technology has put a damper on a lot of the communication we have with the ones we love.
Sure, it’s wonderful to be able to send someone an email, a Facebook message, an eCard, or a text message, but sometimes those digital messages come across as a little impersonal.
This year, spend some time making handmade cards for your friends and family members.
Not only will these cards bring a smile to your loved one’s face, but the time you took to make the cards will also show them how much you care.
Make Dinner for Someone
Life is busy, and people often feel overwhelmed in the hustle and bustle of working, raising families, getting chores done, and finding time to relax.
For that reason, bringing a friend or family member dinner one night is a great way to spread some cheer, as well as give someone a much-needed break from the cooking chores.
This meal doesn’t have to be expensive or extravagant. A simple spaghetti dinner, or even pizza from your local pizza place would make just about anyone happy!
We do have one tip before you do this though.
Talk with the person you’re bringing dinner to beforehand. This way they can tell you what they like to eat, can warn you of any allergies, and will be prepared when you arrive with the meal.
Treat Someone to a Free Coffee
It’s nice to go out and treat yourself to a cup of coffee every once in a while. It’s even nicer when you discover the person in front of you is paying for your drink as a random act of kindness.
This month, if you are financially able, try surprising someone in line with a free coffee. This small act of kindness will surely light up someone’s day.
If you’re not comfortable with buying a stranger a cup of coffee, you can always invite a close friend or family member out for a cup of coffee on you.
Bake a Delicious Treat to Share
Everyone loves a tasty treat every once in a while.
If you enjoying baking, make one of your favorite treats to share with those you love.
For those of you that are stay-at-home parents or work from home, bring the treats you make to your neighbors. Or, if you work outside your home, put together a tray of goodies to take with you.
It’s amazing that something as simple as a homemade cookie can brighten a person’s day.