While we love to spend time and money on ourselves and our loved ones, there are countless such people who are only waiting for a warm hug, a sweet smile to brighten their day. This might make you wonder, what can I do for them? I am just one person, one individual, just one among the 20 million living in the country, and I have already sent my zakat to the charitable organizations! But, do you really think your job ended there?
As in Eleanor Roosevelt words: ‘Since you get more joy out of giving joy to others, you should put a good deal of thought into the happiness that you are able to give.’ A small act of kindness goes a long way to spread happiness in our own world and beyond. It is often a quick deed you do as you move through your daily life.
12 Simple Ways to Spread Happiness and Kindness Around You
We all are good at counting our worries than being grateful with our blessings. This month we challenge you to bring the best out of you and do good not just to the loved ones around you but especially to those who cannot do anything for you in return.
1. Visit the less privileged neighbourhood and share the issues faced by them with your friends and family, and plan out a strategy to help them in any way possible.
2. Use the power of social media to create general awareness to help the destitute in the community.
3. Give a portion of your allowance each week to a needy or a cause you support.
4. Start a donation drive of basic necessities for people in need. Collect charitable goods like old clothes, shoes, toys, books, food etc. and transport them yourself to ensure everything is distributed evenly.
5. Give everyone a chance to taste Ramazan/Eid goodies, take mithai, snacks, and juices and share them with less affluent families in your neighbourhood or other neighbourhoods.
6. Organize an Iftar dinner or Eid party for orphans at home, or send special food at an orphanage as their Eid treat.
7. Visit a local hospital, spend time with patients or give flowers to somebody who has no visitors.
8. Buy products from stores or websites that donate their proceeds to charity that help impoverished and needy.
9. Make a pledge to give up on some treat for this month and use the saved money to donate to a local or global charity.
10. Volunteer your time and skills to help those in need. Create awareness among your peers to help the poor and get more individuals to join the drive.
11. Form social groups to help the needy, buy them a meal, give them a ride, help them learn basic calculation or any other necessary assistance.
12. Join a fundraiser community or get engaged with organizations that work for such causes.
There is a lot more you can do! We often forget that all it takes is one person, just one idea, one action to bring the change we often wish to see in the world around us.
Ever thought little acts done during the childhood can leave lasting impressions on our minds?
All through my growing years I have been required to visit one of the charitable organizations during Eid holidays as part of the family ritual. The basic idea behind was to create acceptance for differently-abled individuals and create awareness and gratitude for the countless blessings we take for granted. It would be unfair to say as kids we initially enjoyed the visits, but as we got to know the people there, their lives, simple dreams and formed good friendships we started looking forward to those trips.
This Eid ul Fitr let’s take an initiative in our own small way and volunteer time to the cause you care about. Let’s join hands to spread happiness, make new friendships, reach out to people in need who might not be living in the homes like us, but your visit, attention and care can bring immense pleasure to their lives. Don’t they say happiness is contagious?
1. Dar ul Sukun
Dar ul Sukun is home to abandoned kids and grownups alike. You can bring infinite joy and happiness to innocent faces there and surprise them with Eid presents like toys, books, games, balloons, bangles, mehndi etc. You would be amazed with the shower of their endless love, excitement and gratitude, even a hug or a warm Eid Mubarak greeting means a world to them.
2. Sahara Village
Sahara Village is the home to the old age, mentally disabled and handicapped people. The housemates there are generally friendly and love company, they fondly share memories of their time well spent and are good at giving valuable advice. Make sure to take playing cards, board games when you visit there, we bet you are going to learn some cool card tricks to impress your friends with your new-found talent.
3. Edhi Homes
This Eid surprise them with your visit and spread little joys that cannot be expressed in words. Sometimes small acts of kindness can change someone’s life forever, so just be there, spend time, listen to them, play games, cheer them up or sing everyone’s favourite song to celebrate the joys of Eid.
4. SOS Children’s Village
SOS Village is home to underprivileged kids. You can spread happiness to those eager faces by giving them the gift of your time, make them feel special by your care and the reward of love you get in return would fill your heart with great joy. You can take small Eid gifts or drawing books, chart papers, colouring pencils, crayons along to make Eid cards with the kids.
5. Visit a Local Hospital
Try to take some time out during the Eid break and visit any of the local hospital with your family. Share your joys and happiness with those in need. Take some balloons, bangles, hand written Eid cards with get well soon greetings to make them feel loved.
Happiness and kindness is reciprocal, it has to start somewhere, let it start with you. Spreading happiness is amazing because it makes you and the recipient feel better simultaneously. If we all do one random act of kindness every day, who knows we might set the world in the right direction.