Give Away Five Items #bebetter52

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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 Ne, it is 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. 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. Post a picture with the hashtag #bebetter52 and share how you completed this week's challenge!

We look forward to witnessing all the donations given this week. It is an opportunity to declutter but also an opportunity to teach a life lesson to teach our children to pass on toys to others because it will give them joy just like we felt when we originally received it.