December is almost here, a chance to look back and reflect on how the year has gone. An opportunity to reprioritize and prepare yourself, for a brand new and hopefully better year! So, what better way to end 2017, than doing a monthly challenge focused specifically on helping others? 31 Days of Giving! Using our own skills and resources, to serve, assist, do good, perform random acts of kindness, and focus on not just ourselves. Taking some time each and every day, to spread love, joy, and happiness, especially during this festive season.
Now you may already be someone who helps out. A LOT. At home, church, work, with family and friends. Great, good for you. But what I am talking about in this challenge, is to purposely, and consciously go out of your way to do good. Things you may have never done, services you haven’t thought of, or opportunities you aren’t currently using.
And before you start making excuses; I don’t know how to help. I have nothing to offer. STOP! Everyone has skills and gifts. Everyone adds some type of value to this planet. And everyone can find something that they can do, give, or say, that will benefit others. Find out what that could be for you.
In order to prepare myself for 31 days of giving, and help out all my readers. I have created a list of ideas to encourage you on your own 31 days of giving challenge, complete with handy printables…… (Just click on the titles)
This template is blank, and allows you to fill in your own 31 Days of Giving. Specific things that you would like to do, to help others and serve. Or you may just fill it in each day as you do something. More freedom and spontaneity.
Whereas this template, is already filled in with the activities listed below. That way you don’t have to plan, prepare or do anything, just follow the handy printable. Also, you don’t have to necessarily do the activities in order, feel free to jump around. Maybe cross them off as you do them!
31 Days of Giving
- Hold the door open for someone. Anyone. Anywhere. Maybe even more than one person.
- Pay for someone’s coffee. Or their meal. Or their groceries. Any little financial cost to help someone else out.
- Give someone a genuine compliment. Or 2 or 3. And make sure when you say it, you mean it.
- Smile at as many people as possible. Nothing brightens or makes people feel better than a whole hearted smile.
- Clean up litter in the community. There is garbage almost everywhere. Help clean some of it up.
- Make someone dinner. Or lunch, breakfast, a snack. We all love good food.
- Visit a senior’s center. Some of these people never get visitors, so they will definitely appreciate the gesture.
- Visit someone in the hospital. Being sick sucks, especially stuck in a hospital. So, take time to lift a patient’s spirit.
- Babysit for someone. Every parent wants a night off, or date night. And believe me they deserve it!
- Say Hello. Hi. Good morning. Greet people like you know them, even if you don’t.
- Give someone a drive somewhere. Not everyone has a car or transportation, so if you have that service, offer it!
- Invite someone over. To talk, or have tea. Just to show you care and would love to get to know them.
- Clean for someone. Not many people love cleaning, yet its something we all have to do.
- Take a hobby & do it for or with someone else. Whatever you love to do, others will love to do with you.
- Buy something for someone else. Yup. Go shopping and find that perfect present. Here are some ideas!
- Give thanks to those around you. Thank your mom, dad, sister, spouse. Anyone who matters to you. Let them know!
- Bake & deliver cookies. Everyone loves baked goods. So send them to neighbors, security guards, friends, or colleagues.
- Sing Christmas Carols for others. Or any type of music. A great tune can brighten anyone’s day.
- Make a homemade gift for someone. Get creative and find something to make. Adds a personal touch!
- Give someone a hug. Heck, give out hundreds of hugs. You can never have too many.
- Genuinely listen to someone. Give them the attention and focus that doesn’t often happen in regular interactions.
- Take time to visit a neighbor. Stop by. Say hi. And display that friendly neighbor relationship.
- Give out Christmas cards. Whether homemade or store bought. Spread the festive cheer.
- Make a food basket for those less fortunate. Collect canned goods. Nonperishables. Granola bars. Whatever you can afford, to give to those who don’t have much.
- Share Christmas with others. Spend the actual holiday with those you love the most!
- Donate clothes, $, toys to a local charity. Go through your belongings and be willing to part with things in order to give to something greater.
- Visit an animal shelter. Animals need love too, especially during the holidays. You may find a new friend!
- Get someone moving. Being physically active makes everyone feel better.
- Teach someone something. Take something you know, and teach it to someone who doesn’t. Could be reading!
- Support someone else’s business. People everywhere are trying to make a living or a name for themselves. Help them out. Read the blog. Buy the product. Take the class.
- Pray for someone else. God is out there. Watching. Listening.
- Recognize that you have it really good, and make an effort to continue these acts of kindness into the new year!
So there it is, 31 days of giving, one full month of helping others. The perfect way to end 2017, and begin 2018, not just thinking about ourselves! Enjoy the last month of this year, and hopefully we can all make a positive difference through these small acts of kindness. Here’s to helping others and doing good, whatever that looks like for you!
In case you missed the printables:
And while preparing for the new year, here are some other challenges you may decide to do in 2018: