It’s only ONE WEEK to go until the big day, and at Lissy’s World we cannot wait. In a season which is all about giving, our topic this week is about how we can all make a difference.

We all have times when things are going really well and we are incredibly happy. But unfortunately this isn’t always the case. If we are sad or lonely sometimes all we need is some compassion or kindness.

This time of year in particular, highlights these issues. Keep this in mind and look for opportunities where you can lend someone a helping hand.

There’s no better feeling in the world!

Take a few minutes today to put a smile on someone’s face. Here’s an idea of things you could do to help…

  • Smile
  • Sometimes a simple thing like smiling could make someone’s day a little better.

  • Be kind
  • Tell someone how much you love and appreciate them, thank them for something they did. Remind them of their worth.

    • Be supportive

    Sometimes we all just need someone who will listen to us and allow us to vent.

    • Ask

    If you see someone broken down or looking lost, don’t just drive by, ask if they need help.

    If you have an elderly neighbour, ask if they need help with their garden or their shopping.

    • Volunteer

    Research local charities and find out what you can do to help.

    Take the time to teach someone a new skill; your grandma to use a mobile or a co-worker an easier way of doing something.

    • Donate

    This could be groceries to a homeless shelter or food bank or clothes and toys you no longer use to a charity.

    Instead of buying yourself your daily coffee fix or weekly magazine, perhaps look at using this money to benefit someone else.

    • Speak out

    Use your voice to help those who aren’t in a position to fight for their rights. Write a letter, start a petition, spread the word.

    Now we know HOW we can help, let’s look at some of the reasons WHY we should…

    • Meet new people

    Volunteering or helping out a local club or organization is a great way of meeting new people with similar interests who you may not have otherwise met.

    • Learn new skills

    As well as meeting new people, local clubs or organisations are a great way to try something you’ve always wanted to do. Whilst regular courses can be very expensive, volunteering is free!

    • Discover new opportunities

    Doors open when you do new things. Who knows, who you meet volunteering at a charity or event could even lead to your dream job.

    And above all else…

    • Be proud of what you have achieved

    There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing, directly, how you have impacted the lives of those around you. Your sense of achievement will lead to a greater confidence in your own abilities and feeling of self worth.

    I have a personal story that I would like to share with you…
    2 years ago, I was volunteering at a hospital, meeting and greeting the children as a princess and delivering gifts to them. In my time there, I met a gorgeous little girl who unfortunately had been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumour. She had been given just months to live. I was heartbroken for her and her family. But in the time I spent with her, she always had a smile on her face, and her love and compassion for others was abundant.

    Her parents thanked me for the time I had spent with her. She loved Elsa and it had been a dream come true for her to meet her idol. I vowed to keep in touch.

    Over the following weeks I would send her video messages and face time her as often as I could, in costume. In return I got video messages back from her. Each time, she had a beautiful smile on her face. She was so full of life.

    Just after New Year I got the message I had been dreading. She had passed away.

    Fast forward a year and I was going through my own struggle. I had no energy or desire to get out of bed. I thought I had no reason to live. Until, I came across a video that she had sent to me; in it she said…

    “I hope you’re ok too. I miss you Elsa.”

    My message from an angel!

    She became my reason to live again. Everything I do now, I do in her memory. At just 6 years old, she taught me the meaning of life.

    Life can be difficult and if we all remember to do our part, we can make life a bit more enjoyable for everyone.

    1. “Even the smallest act of caring for another person is like a drop of water -it will make ripples throughout the entire pond.” Bryan Matteo
    2. “We can’t help everyone, but everyone can help someone.” Loretta Scott
    3. “If we always helped one another, no one would need luck.” Sophocles
    4. “We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill
    5. “What we do for ourselves dies with us. What we do for others and the world remains is immortal.” Albert Pine
    6. “You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins.” Jim Stovall
    7. “To do more for the world than the world does for you, that is success.” Henry Ford
    8. “Successful people are always looking for opportunities to help others. Unsuccessful people are always asking, “what’s in it for me?” Brian Tracy
    9. “Earn your success based on service to others, not at the expense of others.”
      Jackson Brown, Jr.
    10. “Never look down on anybody unless you’re helping him up.”
      Jesse Jackson

    Love and Best Wishes

    Lissy xxx

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