With Thanksgiving over and the push to buy, buy, for the coming of Christmas, this blog post focuses on how to keep the joy of giving alive. I was happy to step back from Christmas giving when I became a Jew. All too often, Christmas had left me poor financially and did not seem to make most of the people I gave gifts to happy.
That said, Practicing Kindness is a major Emotional Fitness Exercise and that is done by being giving.
Emotional Fitness Tips
Tip one: Give all the ways you can. Giving can be as small as a smile and a complement particularly bestowed upon a stranger. It can be giving a cup of coffee to a homeless person, encouraging a child to keep trying, dropping some coins in the Salvation Army’s Kettle, volunteering in soup kitchens, tipping generously.
And yes, there are bigger ways: shopping at local stores, hiring independent repair people, gifting money to friends in need – the gift can be as a loan or a gift with the hope it will be passed along when things get better for the friend.
Tip two: Give money to charities, but with awareness of that charities ranking. Check up any charity you are considering with the following organizations: Charity Watch, Charity Navigator, or simply Google the charity by name. I did that for CAIRS, the Council on American Islamic Relations. Council on American-Islamic Relations and thought by some to support terrorists.
Tip three: Know what matters most to you. This means knowing your mission. Practicing kindness is mine. Not sure of yours? Get my eBook, Know Your Mission So You Can Reach Your Goals. Buy it now for $3.o1. Cheaper than a latte and will do you far more good.
Thank you for all you do
Remember to share all you find of value on the internet. All who post crave recognition. A like says “Thank You.” Comments say you have read and thought about the post. Sharing is a gift to three people: the blogger, the people you share with, and you for your kindness blesses you.
Stay strong, it takes some effort for life can be a painful struggle.
Post Inspiration: This post was inspired by the WordPress Daily Prompt: Faded
Links of Interest
These links are for those not familiar with Emotional Intelligence or the idea of Emotional Fitness.
- Emotional Intelligence (en.wikipedia.org)
- The five components of emotional Intelligence (www.sonoma.edu)
- About Emotional Fitness Training (emotionalfitnesstraining.com)
- An Emotional Fitness Program for Parents (amazon.com)
Disclaimer two: Take all advice even mine, carefully. Don’t just listen to your heart, but also think; don’t just think, listen to your heart. Heart and head working together increase the odds you will find useful advice amid all the promises and hopes pushed at you be others. As others have noted, take what seems useful, leave the rest.
Disclaimer two: Forgive my grammatical errors
If you need perfect posts, you will not find them here; I will understand if you don’t follow, like or share what like me. Not only am I dealing with an aging brain, but all of my life I have been plagued by dysgraphia–a learning disability, Some of my posts might be peppered with bad spelling, poor punctuation, and worse words that make no sense. If you want to hang in with me, thank you; you are kind. If a post doesn’t make sense or bugs you too much, stop reading, I will understand.