In the middle of this season for expressing gratitude and sharing gifts with friends and loved ones it is nice to remember to include acts of kindness toward others. Utah State University Extension family and consumer sciences professor Kathleen Riggs offers some ideas. “One person’s acts of kindness may be different than someone else’s. The list is long and varied,” said Riggs. “One idea during the holidays might be baking a batch of cookies for a neighbor or the kids for their teacher at school, just because. Just to say thank you. Those living in our nursing homes in the area may have loved ones who live far away. Maybe bringing them some cupcakes and taking some time to sit down and visit with them for a few minutes and hearing their story would be beneficial to them.” Riggs said there are also opportunities for donating books to the local library or other charities considering there are never enough books for children. “One of the fun things to do if you’re going out during the holidays for a meal is to just leave an extra large tip for your food server. Or hold the door open for someone as you are coming or going at one of the local stores.” She said the local police and fire stations and hospitals always welcome home baked goods. She suggested taking time to make something fun and drop that off to those who serve our communities. “Have you ever thought about paying the bill for someone in line behind you at a drive through? It doesn’t take much money or effort but it is something long remembered.”
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