Give Yourself the Gift of Giving

By Nancy Stoops

This is truly a magnificent time of year.  I love the holiday spirit and all the houses shining ever so brightly.  There’s a crispness in the air, yet the sun is sparkling ever so brilliantly.  It’s definitely time to celebrate how blessed we all are, yet so many with be going without this year.

Why not include something that you and your family could to for the less fortunate this year as part of your holiday?  There are many children without families and many families struggling and a little generosity from you could make such a huge difference.  It really feels great to help a child celebrate with a donated gift.  You could help feed a family that much needed Christmas dinner this year.  You have the chance to give a little and make such a huge difference for another human being.

This year when you’re out there buying more than anybody really needs, pick up an extra toy or two and donate them.  Take the time to find an organization that needs some donations and just decide to help somebody have a holiday, that couldn’t have one without your help.  It feels so wonderful to share in the pure delight of giving something and expecting nothing back in return.  Isn’t this the true spirit of the holidays?  I think many of us have forgotten because the media wants to convince us otherwise.

The truth is you’ll still be loved if you don’t give somebody a diamond or a luxury automobile. A diamond or a car won’t change our world but each of us still has the power to change our world for the better.  We can start by giving to the less fortunate and together we can get back the true meaning of the season……….giving!!!!!!!!

This article was written by Nancy Stoops M.A., M.F.T.  Nancy is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist.  She has a private practice in Diamond Bar and is currently accepting new clients; she is also a motivational speaker who can inspire your employees or group members.  Nancy runs free family support groups, a group on loss for seniors, and groups on how to manage anger.    For more information about any of these services feel free to contact her at (909) 229-0727.  You may e-mail Nancy at stoopsshecter@earthlinknet.