Sure, you wanna do something admirable this holiday season - like volunteer at a homeless shelter. But by the time you get off work, do the grocery shopping and drop the kids off at whatever practice they have, there just doesn't seem to be enough hours in the day. So, here are a few ways to make a difference in someone's life without having to commit a huge chunk of time. We got these from Real Simple magazine.
- Take a dozen cookies to your local fire or police station. Bring the kids along to say thank you for their constant service.
- When guests are leaving your house. Escort them to the car instead of just the front door. If you're driving someone home, make sure they're inside the house before you pull away.
- Another feel-good deed that requires little effort: When the temperature dips. Offer the mail carrier or the teenager shoveling your walkway a cup of coffee or hot chocolate. Buy disposable cups with lids so they can have them to go.
- Bring a box of donuts in to work for your building's maintenance staff. They don't always get properly thanked during the holidays.
- When someone gives you a bottle of wine as a gift, or brings it to a party you're throwing, jot their name down on the label. Then down the road when you finally pop the cork, dial up your friend to let them know you're having a drink in their honor. It's a small gesture, but it packs a big punch in the feel-good department.