Make a difference.  It is not that hard.  Start a habit of making another person’s day.   Every day.

How?  Following is a list of possibilities.  Just choose one idea each day, and do it.  You will be a blessing and you will be blessed.  Invite your family to join you, and as each person completes one of the listed items, they can put their initials behind the item.  Feel free to add items to the list.

Bonus:  If you care for another person every day for 24 days, you will probably have a wonderful new habit of making another person’s day, everyday.

  • Help someone struggling to carry something.
  • Comfort someone who is hurting.
  • Make a new friend.
  • Buy a small gift for a depressed friend.
  • Phone or text someone to say, “I care.”
  • Visit an elderly person who is a shut-in.
  • Write a thank you note telling someone you appreciate them.
  • Make your brother or sister’s bed without them knowing who did it.
  • Do a chore that is not normally your responsibility.
  • Compliment someone.
  • Phone an important person in your to say, “I love you.”
  • Bring a toy that your child (or someone’s child) no longer plays with to the Salvation Army or a resale shop.
  • Reach out to someone with whom you have had a relationship problem.
  • Offer to help someone with a project.
  • Offer to walk the neighbor’s dog.
  • Collect neighbors’ empty pop cans; give the refund money to a favorite charity.
  • Hold the door open for someone who is pushing a stroller or carrying packages.
  • Write a letter of appreciation to a teacher or minister.
  • Comfort someone who is lonely or sad with a card or small Christmas tree or wreath.
  • Baby sit for a neighbor who has small children so that they can shop or just get a break.
  • Bring flowers or food gift to a neighbor or someone who is suffering.
  • Do something caring for someone who has been unkind to you.
  • Teach someone a song or a simple recipe.
  • Say a prayer for someone who is sick or in trouble.
  • Read a story to a younger brother or sister or other younger child.
  • Make a holiday wish come true for a less fortunate child or family.
  • Pray for a missionary or minister.
  • Visit a nursing home.
  • Share one thing with your family for which you are thankful each day.
  • Go on a special outing—treat a friend, neighbor or family member to lunch, ice skating or a concert.

This list  from the book Reclaiming Christmas, by Ginger Jurries, pages 41-42, edited and updated in 2021

Photo credit: Matt Buck

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder

Karen Mulder is the founder of the Wisdom of the Wounded ministry. She lives in Holland, Michigan with her husband Larry.

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