It seems the holiday spirit is infection this time of year. It’s the time when people are nicer, more compassionate, more giving, and usually happier. The spirit of giving is an interesting component of the overall holiday spirit. It can be loosely defined by the Webster dictionary as an inclination, impulse, or tendency to give. How can you not be intrigued by an invisible force that mystically inspires people to give more than any other time of year? Don’t believe it? This concept is reinforced with the fact that almost all non-profit organizations receive 40% of their yearly donations in the last six weeks of the year, despite the need for donations all year long. (CharityNavigator.org)
Instead of trying to solve the world’s great mysteries, we will embrace the spirit of giving and let ourselves be inspired to give as well. As we consider our approach to giving we are faced with two main possibilities. 1. Give donations or 2. Give time.
There is really no substitute for the feeling you get after giving your time to help someone else in need. Open your heart this holiday season (and for the rest of the year) to an animal in need and watch the positive impact blossom in your life.