The days are shorter, the nights are colder, the lights and decorations dazzle, and you're searching for the perfect gift for your loved ones. With Hanukkah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and Chinese New Year, it’s the season of giving. You also might be thinking about what you want for the holidays. Easily, this time of year can become one of mass consumption, so before you open all your presents, we challenge you to go through your house and find 5 gently used items to donate. After the holidays, we often leave with shiny new objects that can replace old ones. If we take the time to search, we often can find lots of things in our house that we haven’t used in ages, and they could be things that others could love. You might find items which have barely been used, and these are the perfect items to donate this year. The great thing is you can include your children in this week’s #bebetter52 challenge by having them select 5 toys to donate or leave for Santa to pick up Christmas Eve. You can later give these items to someone you know or a to local charity.
They say it's better to give than to receive, and that goes not only for us, but also for our children. Psychology professor Elizabeth Dunn designed an experiment to see if even toddlers felt better giving a special treat than receiving one. She discovered toddlers do feel better giving to others even when their parents are making them give in order to be a nice person. Studies also show you feel more connected and receive greater and more sustained happiness when you are close to the person (s) you give to, so take some time to see if you can think of someone specific to whom Santa can bring toys or requested gifts. It’s wonderful to teach your kids that everyone in the world deserves love and happiness, and giving back to the community through donating is a way to spread that holiday cheer. We’d love if you’d post a picture with the hashtag #bebetter52 and share how you completed this week's challenge! That way, the whole Be Better Community can see all the love being shared this holiday season.
Not only will you experience the benefits of giving but of decluttering your houses before the influx of gifts. The phrase “a cluttered house is a cluttered mind” is true. Sometimes it is difficult to think pass the stuff that consumes your space. We can’t wait to see all the donations given this week. It’s an opportunity to declutter but also an opportunity to teach a life lesson to our children to pass on toys to others because it will give them joy just like we felt when we originally received it.