With the planning, shopping, spending, and stressing that tend to hover over the holidays, there isn't always a lot of focus on generosity or gratitude. Since you're likely in a gifting sort of mindset anyway, considering shifting your search for the perfect present for someone who doesn't really need more stuff, to giving gifts of a different sort. Cami Walker has written a book and created a website called 29 Gifts. Shortly after her wedding, Cami discovered that she had MS, and in the midst of pain and distress and depression, a friend and spiritual advisor suggested she stop giving so much energy to her disease and focus on giving energy to generosity and gratitude by giving 29 gifts in 29 days -- gifts that weren't planned, that cost little or no money, that benefited others in some way. She did, and it changed her life. Now she's campaigning for others to try the 29 gifts challenge.
It's easy. Just pay attention each day, looking for opportunities to give to others. Whether it's a kind word, some spare change, or a few minutes of your time, there is plenty you can do to cultivate a spirit of compassion and generosity, which helps both you and the world. What a great gift.
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