• #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    #WorldKindnessDay: Ways to Spread a Little Kindness for the Holidays!

    With the holidays nearing and the hectic social calendar that they entail, it can be tough to carve out time for yourself. And tougher still to remember to make small gestures that can make a difference in the lives of others. World Kindness Day is today, and one way to celebrate is to do something thoughtful for a friend or loved one, or to reconnect with a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while. Of course, sometimes it’s not friends but strangers who need the most kindness, especially around the approaching holidays.

    Check out this list of 20 random acts of kindness and make a small gesture today that can be paid forward!

     

    • Pay for someone’s groceries behind you in line.
    • Pay for the lunch of people behind you at a fast food restaurant or behind you in the drive thru.
    • Take flowers to the nurse’s station at your local hospital – the nurses will know who needs them most.
    • Donate coloring books and boxes of new crayons to the hospital’s pediatric wing.
    • Take lunch, cookies, or cupcakes to your local fire department and/or police department.
    • Leave extra time in the parking meter or fill an expired or about to expire parking meter.
    • Put change in a row of vending machines.
    • Buy extra groceries for the local food bank.
    • Pick up the tab for a random table at a restaurant.
    • Tape cash or a gift card on a random gas pump.
    • Visit with senior citizens at a nursing home.
    • Hand out gloves and mittens to the homeless or leave them on park benches.
    • Bring coffee to construction workers, police on shift, or anyone working outside.
    • Be understanding of traveling parents with fussy or noisy kids.
    • Help someone load their groceries.
    • Offer to return someone’s shopping cart to the store.
    • Let someone go ahead of you in the checkout line.
    • Give a hot drink to the person ringing the Salvation Army bell.
    • Leave candy canes on the windshields of random cars.
    • Invite someone you suspect will be alone to spend your holiday celebrations with you.

     

    No matter how small the gesture, the significance of an unexpected and thoughtful act will be unforgettable. And by showing kindness to others, whether friends or strangers, you can inspire them to do the same, in the real spirit of #WorldKindnessDay! You can then sit back in the warmth of your Beachcomber tonight, feeling warm and bubbly on the inside as well as the outside.

     

  • Prioritizing Family Time

    Prioritizing Family Time

    With the Victoria Day long weekend around the corner, you may be looking forward to relaxing and reconnecting with loved ones. But in the hectic pace of Spring activities (particularly with kids), reconnecting may require more foresight and planning than expected. Take into consideration the following tips for prioritizing family time, so enjoying those precious moments together isn’t as rare as long weekends are (all too rare!)

     

    Making the most of family time

    1.   Organize your obligations into lists. Instead of trying to do it all, figure out which household tasks need to be done (your “Do” list), and which can wait (your “Do Later” list). This will rebalance your family’s time so you can spend more time all together, instead of you and/or your partner taking on a disproportionate amount of housework. And make sure to be realistic and honest when evaluating your time. Don’t add something to your “Do” list just because you feel guilty.

     

    2.   Unplug when you’re at home. Instead of checking email, working on projects, and texting friends or coworkers when you’re home, turn your phone off and shut down your computer, to give your family your undivided attention. After your kids and partner are asleep, you can log back on and tackle work responsibilities without distraction.

     

    3.   Make new traditions. Getting everyone together is usually on the radar for a holiday, but you should aim to spend at least one night a week with your family on the regular as well. For instance, set aside Friday nights for DIY pizza and games with your kids. Other new (or revived) traditions that you could try include:

    • Trying a new restaurant together once a month
    • Taking turns choosing a new movie to see together
    • Going for a family bike ride
    • Having a Sunday brunch together
    • Relaxing in your hot tub on a chosen night of the week!

     

    4.   Encourage spontaneity. Don’t be afraid to break from tradition by trying something different during your family time. In addition to encouraging suggestions from your kids and partner, you should be creative in your brainstorming of something completely new. The more fun everyone has, the more likely they will be to prioritize family time as something to look forward to.

     

    Missing the hot tub needed for number 3? (Making new traditions or reviving past ones?)

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