It’s no secret that the holidays can be difficult for many, especially for those who are missing loved ones or facing enormous changes – including a move! While we’re in the business of making senior moving easier, there are certain things we can all do to show a little more kindness . . . at Christmas and at any time of year. When we know someone is having a hard time, instead of waiting for them to tell us what they need, what if we took a more proactive approach?
- Ask for a grocery list. Let them know you’re doing your own shopping, and you’ll pick up their items too and drop them off on the way home.
- Offer to take them to the store.
- Make them dinner; call them to find out when it’s convenient to drop it off.
- Schedule a massage or manicure for them for a little time of pampering. Take them to their appointment if transportation is an issue.
- Stop by the house and start a load of laundry for them. Or take their laundry home and return it freshly washed and folded.
- Flowers always bring a little light into a gloomy day.
- Check in with them often – phone, email, or text. It doesn’t matter; just reach out.
- If you and your family are going out to dinner, call and invite them.
While you can’t fix all the problems in the world, these small gestures help others feel valued and heard. Consider how you can make small acts of kindness a part of your normal routine today and in the new year to come.