(Re: “Keep the Holiday spirit all year long” by Don C. Brunell, Tacoma Weekly, Dec. 14, 2017)
Keeping up the spirit of the holidays throughout the year is a great idea and here are 10 ways to do just that. First, volunteer your time. Studies show volunteers are healthier and happier. Second, give from your abundance. Americans share their resources, no matter their income. Third, pay it forward. Do something to make the future easier for others. Fourth, choose an issue, like hunger or education, find problems, solutions, and who to talk to. Fifth, write a letter to your representative and senators about it. Sixth, follow up with a phone call. Seventh, arrange a meeting with your officials and speak to them about your concerns. Eighth, take a trip to Washington, D.C. and lobby your congressional delegation to follow through on important issues. Ninth, follow up on your meetings, building a friendly relationship in the process. Tenth, celebrate your results and begin again.
One organization that helps you in doing all 10 of these ideas is RESULTS (results.org). RESULTS is working to end hunger and poverty in our country and around the world. With strong groups in many parts of Washington and around the country, you will have new friends and mentors to help you use your voice to make a difference.
In Tacoma, call group leader Andy Clarke at (253) 225-7143. In this way, you put your heart and mind into action to keep up the holiday spirit of kindness and compassion, helping to create a better world.