This Tuesday, December 3rd will be the second annual #GivingTuesday.
Giving Tuesday is an effort to create a national day of giving, one that’s just as widely recognized as consumption-focused Black Friday and Cyber Monday. It’s a way to shift the focus from what Santa’s going to bring to what we can share with others.
Sparked by the 92nd Street Y and the UN Foundation, hundreds of partners across the country now join in Giving Tuesday. And you can join in, too! It’s one way to infuse a little more positive holiday spirit in the world to combat the depressing Black Friday fights that can suck dry your faith in humanity.
It’s really easy to participate. You can simply take a few minutes and make a donation to your favorite charities. It takes two minutes, and studies show that the simple act of giving results in lower stress and increased happiness. And many of us could do with a little stress relief this time of year.
You can also make it a more festive annual family tradition, discussing your family’s philanthropy and the causes your kids are passionate about over mugs of hot cocoa and gingerbread cookies. Buy charitable gift cards through Tis Best, and give them to your kids to then direct to the charities they care about the most. Mine are passionate about animals, and would immediately direct any donation to adopt a tiger.
If you’d like to give time this Giving Tuesday, you can spend an hour with your family doing a simple in-home volunteer project. Making holiday cards is a favorite for my art-loving kids, and when it’s done as a part of a bigger focus on giving back (especially if accompanied by the sound of Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer), it’s sure to be festive.