Giving Away Your Holiday Blues

Written by admin   // December 30, 2010   // 0 Comments

by Rev. Dr. James G. White, Executive Director, Harambee Ombudsman Project/Imani House Treatment Center

One of the most remarkable yet persistent truths regarding the Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, New Year Holiday season is the reality of the heavy emotional toll it takes on many individuals and families.

Sure enough, towards the end of January and beginning of February, the bills from those holiday shopping sprees and the extra pounds put on from all of the holiday feasts will take an emotional toll all their own on those who may have overindulged a bit.

The fact is however that during the season of holiday cheer, many of our friends and neighbors find themselves feeling sadder, lonelier, and more depressed than they felt at any time throughout the year.

One of the best quotes ever to come from the scriptures, and possibly one of the most ignored, is that it is better to give than it is to receive.

If you want to help a friend or family member shake off those holiday blues, and find an alternative to using alcohol, prescription, or illegal drugs to numb them from their grief and stress, you should consider adding a family and friends giving tradition to your holiday activities.

There are the Children that Santa Claus Forgot, there are Coats For Kids, Food For Families, and countless opportunities to help prepare and serve holiday meals.

Additionally, there are many in hospitals and nursing homes, and even some professions where people have to work through each holiday where the delivery of some cookies, coloring books, or a stuffed animal might make the whole season brighter for someone else.

No matter how bad we think things are in our own lives, the fact always remains that there is someone else out who is worse off than you are. Giving to others in your own time of need can provide a spiritual and emotional lift like nothing else can.

Unlike alcohol or drugs, the high of knowing that you positively touched the life of someone else in need stays with you for a much longer period of time.

If you are not one of those who experience intense grief and stress during the holidays, you should go to your friend or relative and enlist them and other friends and family members in an effort to give, give, give and give to others until those holiday blues are gone, gone, gone.

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