As we sit down to our turkey this year, pulling crackers and feasting with loved ones, it is easy to forget those who are less fortunate. In 2015, the headlines have once again shown us that human suffering abounds. For many across the UK, festive celebrations will provide a pause to enjoy the company of family and friends, but not for everyone. Rather than feeling guilty about what we have, we can allow our gratitude to inspire us to help others. Donating money to worthy causes is a thoughtful gesture, and one that worthy charities desperately need, but clicking a link without knowing how your contribution will be spent can feel impersonal. This Christmas, you might choose to gift your time, effort, or personal interaction if you are able, or consider asking for one of your holiday gifts to be replaced by a donation in your name. You’ll be making a palpable difference to another human being, and, as an added bonus, you might just fill your own heart with festive cheer and joy — and make friends, get exercise, or learn a new skill. Here are five ways to kick-start those warm, fuzzy feelings.
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