Giving Back This Holiday Season

Licensed Marriage Family Therapist

Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist

By Nancy Stoops

This holiday season Midnight and I with continue our volunteer work at the infusion center at St. Jude Hospital in Fullerton.  I think it’s very timely because to me the holidays are partly about giving back.  We take a lot for granted and working with cancer patients makes you really appreciate life.  So this year if you’re feeling grateful or maybe even sorry for yourself and not so grateful, do something wonderful for a good cause.  Do something wonderful for somebody else.

I think the holidays are about getting together with family and friends but also about giving something back.  You can make a huge difference in somebody’s life by being unselfish and volunteering, donating or whatever your thing is.  The holidays are a special time to show this world how very much you care.  Stop complaining about the state of our world and get out there and do an act of kindness.  I promise you, it will feel fabulous and you’ll stop feeling sorry for yourself and actually feel good this holiday season.

Take that money that you’re planning to spend on drugs or alcohol and give yourself a different kind of medicine.  Give yourself some medicine that is good for the soul.  The kind of medicine that comes from helping others and understanding that’s what we are suppose to be doing here.  What I speak of can be very healing and maybe you’ll begin to forgive yourself for all you’ve done wrong and start moving in the right direction.  Ending the year helping others can be a great way to motivate yourself to make 2016 a better & more productive year.  It’s never too late to become a better person and somebody that you can be proud of.  This year, give the gift of giving back!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups for teens.  For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (9090229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at You may purchase Nancy’s books Live Heal and Grow and Midnight the therapy Dog at  Please feel free to visit Nancy’s website at for lots of tips and advice for living fully, healing and growing into who you are intended to be.