Be a Mindful Hero This Season

A lot is going on in the world today and most of it isn’t good. Divisive rhetoric and ignorance is causing a lot of harm within our communities, driving wedges between people. Right now, the world needs more than just peace for the holidays. It needs compassion, humility, and good deeds too. This year, it’s time for all of us to lend a hand. With a plan and determination, a team of Mindful Heroes can do wonders.

How to be a Mindful Hero

A Mindful Hero can be a vast number of things. Over the years the Mindful Living Network has highlighted a Nobel Prize laureate and activist, an innovator and wealthy NFL players giving back to the community. But being a hero doesn’t necessarily mean making a huge courageous or financial gesture. You don’t have to be Malala Yousafzai or Steve Jobs to transform a person’s life. Simply going out of your way to help who you can with what you have is enough. So, why not give it a try this holiday season? Give not just money, but your time and skills as well. Listed below are a few tips to help you get started.

Be a Mindful Hero for the Holidays

  1. Start a blood drive. A blood drive can do a lot of good for a lot of people. Consider organizing one at your job, religious center, or community center.
  2. Help a single parent. The holidays can be overwhelming for single parents. Offer free babysitting services for a single mom or dad so they can get some self-care time.
  3. Shovel snow. If you have a house in a snowy region you’re probably used to shoveling snow. This year, help an elderly neighbor by removing snow from their lawn and driveway.
  4. Use your decorating skills. After you’re done removing the snow, ask if you can help put decorations on their lawn to help brighten up their home for the holidays.
  5. Lend a hand at shelters. Lots of people look for shelter in the colder months, so call your local community shelter to see if they’re in need of volunteers for the holidays.
  6. Create and send a care package. Put canned or boxed food and a few toys and games in a box and send it to a family in need.
  7. Donate some much need winter gear. At this time of year, winter coats, scarves, hats, gloves, and even blankets are in high demand in shelters. Donate some of your old gear or consider donating new purchases.
  8. Be a shoulder to cry on. A lot of people experience seasonal depression during the winter. Being a confidante and good listener to your friends and family can be greatly beneficial.
  9. Forgo gifts this year. Do you have everything you need this holiday season? If so, consider asking people to make charitable donations to your favorite charity instead of giving you a gift.
Create a Legion of Mindful Heroes

Lastly, remember, if anyone asks to repay you for your deeds encourage them to pay it forward. If they show a little kindness to someone else the chain of good deeds will continue, which is better for the community as a whole.

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