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Good deeds are good for you

Helping others can actually be good for you, so here’s our list of 10 good deeds for the holidays that are sure to benefit you and others:

1. Try some random acts of kindness

Hold the door for people behind you. Help an elderly person by offering to carry their packages. Give up your seat on the bus to an elderly, physically disabled or pregnant person. Pay for the person behind you at the drive-through or at the coffee shop. It will make their day.

2. Volunteer in your community

Volunteer at a local breakfast program or soup kitchen. Bring your children if they are old enough so they can develop a sense of gratitude for everything they have.

3. Foster animals for the holidays

If you have a pet-friendly home, the holiday season is a wonderful time to take in an animal. During the holidays, animal shelters are often understaffed and filled with strays. Or, offer to take care of a neighbour's pet when they go away.

4. Pay a visit to a nursing home

Drop by and chat with some of the residents. Many don't get regular visitors. Consider bringing fresh flowers, homemade cookies, or even a well-behaved pet if permitted.

5. Tip generously

Next time you're at your favourite local pub or breakfast diner, be extra-generous with your tips.

6. Spread the love

Smile at someone or give a compliment. It could make their day! Or, write a letter or an email to a friend or family member to let them know you love them. You could even forgive someone who hurt you in the past—it could rekindle a once-valued friendship.

7. Help your neighbour

When out shovelling your driveway, why not shovel your neighbour’s driveway too? It’s good exercise as well as a good deed. Or, take your neighbours trash to the curb while you're taking yours. You could even volunteer to walk an elderly neighbour's dog!

8. Donate food or clothing

Buy a bag of good groceries—things you'd normally buy for yourself – and donate it to your local food bank or shelter. Donate your used clothes and housewares to charity, or to a holiday food drive.

9. Cook for someone who is sick

Make soup or a meal for a friend recovering from surgery or an illness. It will make them feel loved and could even speed up their recovery!

10. Be a volunteer babysitter

Take your sibling's kids out for the day. Or, offer to babysit your friends’ kids one night so they can enjoy an evening out.

And one good deed for yourself!

During the busy holiday season, it’s important to take care of yourself as well. Treat yourself to a mani-pedi, dinner at your favourite restaurant, or that item of clothing you’ve been eyeing. After all your selfless acts, you’ve earned it!

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10 good deeds for the holidays

The holiday season is a great time of year to practice kindness and gratitude. Doing a good deed is sure to brighten the life of someone around you – and you may be pleasantly surprised by how good it makes you feel, too.

These tips are provided for information and prevention purposes only. They are general in nature, and The Personal cannot be held liable for them. We recommend using caution and consulting an expert for comprehensive, tailored advice.