Black Friday has been living up to its name more and more each year. Many are so enamored by the deals that they forget to be humane.
Each year, there is another horrible story about how someone was trampled, stabbed, or killed over a petty item. Therefore, if we are out taking advantage of the discounts and sales we should try to bring life instead.
During this time of the year, it may be difficult to give extra to others especially if it involves spending more money. For this reason, I wanted to provide a list of ways we can be a pillar of light during Black Friday and the rest of the holiday season without burning a bigger hole in our wallets.
Be a Good Neighbor
- Offer to wash their car if you are in warm weather or clear their driveway of snow if you are in cold weather.
- Bake or cook something and take it over to them. You may also include a card introducing yourself or thanking them for being a good neighbor and wish them happy holidays. Not much of a cook? Buy something instead, like half a dozen donuts or a fruit salad for a healthier choice 😉
- Offer to take care of their pets and/or kids while they are away or to allow them time for some holiday shopping.
Be a Good Samaritan
- Give away any leftovers. Unfortunately, I witnessed family throw away a lot of leftover food yesterday and my mom came to the rescue and packed up the food to take it home instead. However, leftovers can often be way too much food for one family so instead of throwing it out, pack it up and give it to the homeless or a family you know of that could use the extra nourishment.
- Provide layers to someone in need of warmth. Give away any extra sweaters, coats, or blankets to someone you know that is in need of it or someone you witness trying to stay warm out in the cold.
- Give up your seat to someone else. If you take public transportation, offer your seat to someone for we all know the ease of tired feet 🙂
Be a Friendly Shopper
- Help someone carry their bags whether it is to their car or up the stairs to their apartment. Lightening someone’s load can make things a little less stressful for that person.
- Let someone who has less items than you go before you in the check-out lane.
- Smile as you shop and ask the cashier how they are doing and wish them a great day. Smiles are contagious and acknowledging someone that is working hard on a day others are off can brighten their day.
There are many things we can do to be a source of love, peace, and joy to others without spending a dime and the latter are just a few ideas.
What are some other ideas that we can pay it forward and bring life to someone else? Let us each try at least one thing to bring a smile to someone else’s face and warm their heart 🙂
“We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give”