12 acts of kindness for Christmas

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Bring a smile to someone's face this Christmas by doing a random act of kindness. We have 12 different ideas for you to try out on your friends, family and even complete strangers!

Christmas is a season of giving and is a perfect time for you to count your blessings and do a good deed for others. Although being charitable should not be reserved just for the holidays, it’s great to start somewhere, right?

You can also get your children involved in these random acts of kindness and instil philanthropic values from young.

If you’re not sure what exactly you can do to brighten up someone’s day or bring a smile to a complete stranger’s face, here are 12 acts of kindness you and your whole family can do together to make this a wonderful Christmas for somebody out there:

1. Smile at others

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You’d be surprised just how wonderful you will feel just by smiling more and by giving a sincere smile to others – even complete strangers. It will make you feel good and your happiness will spread to those around you. In fact, smiling is probably the easiest form of charity.

2. Do a household chore for someone

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Did your colleague recently give birth and needs a hand getting her mountain of laundry done? Or do you notice your neighbour’s plants looking a little withered lately? How about your cousin who is a single mum and has dirty dishes piling up in her kitchen? Lend them a hand and offer to do a household chore for them to ease their burden.

3. Donate blood

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If you are between 16 to 60 years old, you can share the gift of life by donating some blood to those in need. It will cost you nothing and is the most valuable gift you can ever give to someone to help improve their health or even save their life.

 

4. Share food with your neighbour

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Show love to thy neighbour by whipping up a nice hot meal and going over to surprise them with it. This is a great way to connect with them and you may even form a long-lasting friendship. But if you’re not a very good cook and fear you might give them food poisoning, then you can also buy them some good food from your favourite eatery. You don’t want to send them to the emergency room on Christmas Eve and create potential awkward rides together in the lift in future.

5. Clean out your closet for charity

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When was the last time you wore that green sweater that is too tight for you now? What about that pink jacket that you only wore once? Or those blue running shoes you haven’t even touched even though you vowed to start exercising regularly since last Christmas? Your old clothes will be put to good use by those in need, instead of just sitting at the back of your closet for another year.

6. Leave a tip

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Although it is not customary nor required for someone to leave a tip here in Singapore, it is still a great way to show someone your appreciation for their great service. You never know that the extra $5 can actually go a long way for someone who truly needs it.

What other acts of kindness can you do this Christmas? Go to the next page to find out more.

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