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Keeping It Simple this Holiday Season: Spread Love Every Day

The holiday season is here and it’s easy to lose sight of what truly matters in a world that feels divided and overwhelming. We forget that “keeping it simple” is a powerful solution to making the holiday season bright. It’s easy to get stuck in overspending, overeating, over everything.  It can feel like the holiday season is about “getting” vs. the true spirit of the season – giving back.

Giving back isn’t about buying and giving gifts for under the tree or any other traditions you celebrate. It’s the simple tradition and practice of giving from your heart, being generous with your time, acts of kindness, compassion, and love. It really is the common thread that unites all of humanity. When we give from the heart, we can pave the way for a future filled with peace, and unity.    the true spirit of the holiday season.

It starts with each of us. Giving and caring for ourselves so we have enough to give to others freely. This season I look forward to celebrating cultural traditions from all over the world at our family’s table. Our family culture includes India, Vietnam, English, Irish and Canadian. A melting pot of traditions and celebrations we love. It makes our family who we are and the opportunity to embrace the beauty in our world.

From the 365give family to yours – we wish you a season filled with love peace and joy.

 

                                                                                                                    Jacqueline & Nic Way 365give Founders

The Power of Spreading Small Acts of Love, Compassion, and Giving

In a world that often emphasizes grand gestures and elaborate displays of gift-giving, it’s important to remember that the simplest of acts can make a big impact. These small acts have the power to create a ripple effect, touching the lives of those around us and, in turn, inspiring a collective shift towards compassion and unity for our world.

While giving to others is undeniably crucial for creating a better world, it is essential to recognize that self-giving is not a selfish act. When we fill our own cup first, we aren’t feeling depleted but instead have so much to flow to others.

Keep it simple and remember to give to yourself

5 Ways to Give Love to Ourselves

1. Practice Self-Compassion

During the holiday rush, take a moment each day to practice self-compassion. Whether it’s through mindfulness, meditation, or simply acknowledging your efforts, treating yourself with kindness sets the foundation for spreading love to others.

2. Engage in Acts of Self-Care

The holiday season can be demanding, but it’s essential to prioritize self-care. Whether it’s a bubble bath, a walk in nature, or indulging in a favorite book, find moments for activities that rejuvenate your mind, body, and spirit.

3. Express Gratitude Daily

Cultivate a habit of expressing gratitude for the simple joys in life. Consider keeping a gratitude journal, where you jot down things, you’re thankful for each day. This practice shifts your focus towards positivity and love.

4. Connect with Loved Ones

Take time to connect with family and friends, whether in person or virtually. Share your thoughts and feelings, and let those close to you know that you appreciate and love them. Building strong connections with others is an act of self-love.

5. Well-Being and Balance

As the holiday season can bring many commitments and demands on our time. It’s crucial to set boundaries that prioritize your well-being. Saying ‘no’ when necessary and maintaining a healthy balance allows you to preserve your energy for moments of genuine connection and love.

Keep it simple this holiday season

5 Ways to Give Love to Others

1. Practice Small Acts of Giving 

Giving can be simple and easy. It doesn’t have to cost a dime just a little time. Love is free and we have an endless amount to give. Leaving an uplifting note, offering a smile, carrying someone’s bags, singing holiday carols door to door – these small gestures can brighten someone’s day and fill their season with love.

2. Volunteer in Your Community

Give back to your community by volunteering your time or resources. Whether it’s helping at a local food bank, participating in a community cleanup, or assisting those in need, acts of service are powerful expressions of love.

3. Listen Actively

Show love by being present and actively listening to others. In a world filled with noise, taking the time to truly understand someone’s thoughts and feelings is a valuable and often overlooked form of love.

4. Send Personalized Messages of Love

In a digital age, a heartfelt message can make a significant impact. Take a moment to send personalized messages to friends and family, expressing your love and appreciation for their presence in your life.

5. Forgive and Let Go

As the year comes to a close, consider practicing forgiveness and understanding. Let go of grudges and resentments and embrace a spirit of understanding and compassion. Forgiveness is a powerful act of love and peace that benefits both the giver and the receiver.

Spreading Love, Building Bridges

Spread peace love and joy

This holiday season, make a commitment to yourself and teach everyone around you to keep it simple. It starts by spreading love every day – to ourselves and to others. This is the way we contribute to a world filled with hope, peace, and unity. The power of love lies in its simplicity, and it’s a force that can bridge the gaps that sometimes seem insurmountable.

From all of us at 365give, we wish peace and love to your families and the world. We can’t change the world on our own but our collective efforts, no matter how small, have the potential to create lasting change. Together, let’s be the architects of a future where love is the guiding principle, and where the simple act of spreading love becomes a universal language that unites us all.

Share a message of peace and love this holiday season right here on 365give. Sharing your story creates a ripple all over the world and will inspire others this holiday season.

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