I don't need to belabor the fruits of giving here because those of you who follow this blog already have hearts of gold. Giving is quite likely your middle name. You know the benefits of a welcome, a kind word, a dollar to an outstretched hand, a check to a local charity, tithing to church, renewing your synagogue membership and volunteering for your favorite civic organization.
But did you know that during this holiday season of elephant-sized consumption (no disrespect, to my elephant friends), we will throw away more than half of what we purchased in December within the next 6 months? OMG! While I'm not a big consumer, that fact alone caused me to gasp for air when I discovered this yesterday!
1) Give more to charity in honor of loved ones (Donations make FABulous gifts!),
2) Spend half of what I usually do for consumables, and
3) Find more organizations close to home for volunteering opportunities.
Do you know the favorite charities of your friends and family members? Find out now and forget the long lines at the mall. Pull out your wallet and make a gift to your peeps' favorite philanthropies! Everyone wins with such generosity. Here's to feeling great!