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We wish you a very merry festive period, surrounded by all the wonderful things that this time of year brings with all the people you love. We hope that you receive all the gifts that you have wished for throughout the year.

You have already given us many gifts this this year, and we would like to give you three gifts in return. If you would like to return or re-gift them, we will not be upset at all. On the contrary, we will be delighted (and there’s no receipt needed)!

The Most Important Gifts You Can Give This Year Are…

Kindness – “Kindness is more than deeds. It is an attitude, an expression, a look, a touch. It is anything that lifts another person.” – Plato

“Charis” or ????? is the Greek word for “kindness”. In Ancient Greece, the greatest act of charis was “xenia” or ?????, their concept of hospitality. According to the Wikipedia page dedicated to it, there were two basic rules of xenia: the respect afforded by the host to the guest; and vice versa. The host was to “provide him/her with food, drink, bath, and gifts when they leave.” The guest was to “be courteous to the host and not be a burden. The guest should also provide a gift if they have one.”

Jumping forward millennia, let us take a look into why you should give the gift of being charitable or kind. David R. Hamilton Ph.D. of the Huffington Post has the inside scoop:

1. Kindness makes us happier.

2. Kindness gives us healthier hearts.

3. Kindness slows aging.

4. Kindness makes for better relationships.

5. Kindness is contagious.

Compassion – Here is the Cambridge Dictionary definition of the word: “a strong feeling of sympathy and sadness for the suffering or bad luck of others and a wish to help them”.

You may have seen someone who is in a rut and going through some tough times. You listen to their story and it moves you, and you get into the groove of helping. Again, we delve into why you should give this gift, so we let Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D. of Pyschology Today take it away:

1. Compassion makes you happy.

2. Compassion makes you wise.

3. Compassion makes you attractive.

4. Compassion gives you time and money.

5. Compassion boosts your health.

6. Compassion uplifts and spreads.

7. Compassion is 100% natural.

Love – “Keep love in your heart. A life without it is like a sunless garden when the flowers are dead.” – Oscar Wilde

No need for boffin analysis here. It is what these holidays are all about. With love coming in all shapes and sizes, being together with your loved ones at this time is the most rewarding thing you can do for all concerned. However, love is for everyone every day so we need to nurture this behaviour and carry it into the new year and beyond.

In summary, give to yourself and others this festive period by giving these three powerful gifts. You are like a candle, for when you give your light to another person, they receive light also. Therefore, you give and receive at the same time, giving light to another and receiving joy within your soul. Happy holidays at all!

Unknown author. Xenia (Greek), Wikipedia
Hamilton D R (Ph.D.), 5 Beneficial Side Effects of Kindness, Huffington Post
Seppälä E M (Ph.D.), The Best Kept Secret to Happiness & Health: Compassion, Psychology Today