10 Selfless Things You Should Do Before 2018

Even though you might have had an amazing Christmas Day, there are many people out there who weren’t so lucky. But it’s still the festive season, and it ain’t over till you say it’s over, so why not do some selfless things and keep Christmas alive a little longer? Here are 10 selfless things you can do to help others this Xmas.

Christmas is not only a time of receiving, it’s a time that we all remind ourselves to think about giving. But giving is about a lot more than traipsing around Monsoon for a new knitted mum-scarf, it’s about giving back! And the best part? It doesn’t always need to cost anything at all.

Even though you might have had an amazing Christmas Day, there are many people out there who weren’t so lucky. But it’s still the festive season, and it ain’t over till you say it’s over, so why not do some selfless things and keep Christmas alive a little longer? Here are 10 selfless things you can do to help others this Xmas.

You know what would be great? If we didn’t buy 120 times more sh*t than we needed. So why not set yourself some rules in the next few weeks and ask yourself honestly: do I need this? Will I actually realistically use this?

The best part is that chocolate will always automatically tick both categories, so you can buy away on that one. (Though Divine or Seed & Bean are more ethical chocolate companies if you’re gonna be super-responsible!)

How many mobile phones do you have in your house – three or four? Stupid, right? And it’s not just mobiles that are a source of endless waste that’s bad for the planet.

So preach it – recycle and reuse. Demand that your parents recycle food, plastic and glass in the house, recycle your old phones, and get one of those cool reusable coffee mugs instead of constantly getting new cardboard ones every time you visit Starbs. Sorted.

When someone is homeless they aren’t just deprived of food and warmth, but of human interaction. A lot of people are too afraid or wary of homeless people to interact with them, so they often get completely ignored. But within the next few weeks why not say hello, and offer to buy them a sandwich from a nearby shop?

Homelessness can happen to anyone, and you don’t know their story until you ask. Plus, it might just make their day.

Loads of the elderly are lonely too – in fact it can be a huge contributing factor to elderly people developing mental health issues.

So, if you have grandparents or older family friends, why not give them a ring and ask how their day is going? It will mean the world to them that you remembered to call, it will give them something positive to think about, and they’d love to hear all about what you’re getting up to!

P.S. the same goes for anyone who has been feeling under the weather recently – reach out!

Like that girl’s outfit? Tell her! If you’ve ever had a stranger give you a compliment you will know that it sticks in your mind and has a huge positive impact on your day. Just don’t take it too far…

The same goes for smiling – smiling at others goes a long way as it is infectious, so let everyone get a load of your positive vibes and give them a good old grin when you can. In a world where many of us communicate by liking people’s posts online, we could do with a bit more face-to-face human interaction!

Are you a singer? Volunteer to sing at an old people’s home! Want to be a radio presenter? Volunteer to present hospital radio. Want to go into fashion? Make some t-shirts and donate the money to charity!

Volunteering sometimes gets a bad name, as people assume it means doing something boring that you feel obliged to do. But the truth is you can give back in ways that you’ll totally enjoy – just find your niche!

We know you went to the gym yesterday and did that killer bums and tums workout but we also KNOW you are not aching as much as that 70-year-old lady over there. Why not give her your seat?

This also applies to anyone pregnant or who just genuinely looks exhausted. Stand while you’re still young and fit… think of it as an hour off your work-out time this week!

Using a canvas bag means you aren’t endlessly using plastic bags to haul around your shopping and then chucking them away.

Besides, why use bright orange supermarket bags when you can buy a canvas one that goes with more of your outfits. Not to mention you’ll be saving heaps of money now that plastic bags cost extra. Money-saving plus eco-system-benefiting? Count us in.

Thanks to the aforementioned lifelong shopping spree frenzy that we all partake in, we all have way too many clothes. We’re often in denial about this, but when you think about what you would now realistically wear out of your wardrobe that you don’t feel is hideously out of fashion, you probably have loads you would happily part with.

So why not donate them to Oxfam or another local charity?

If you want to help the refugees by donating them your clothes to wear, however, there is a catch. We all want to personally feel like we’ve helped with the situation, but donating clothes is not the best option! Instead…

Donate money to charities like the British Red Cross who use your money in the most useful way that can help the most amount of people. The Red Cross buys fresh local relief items which is cheaper and helps boost local economies – transporting a material donation over from the UK can often cost more than the actual donation!

So when you’re thinking about ways you can help others, always check up online first and make sure that it’s actually going to be useful. Imagine if your life were in danger or your family was starving, and all people would give you were leather jackets? Not ideal.

So there you have it: 10 ways to give without spending a fortune and getting stamped on by strangers in Oxford Street. And to feel like you have done your best to give back to others and our planet this year. #TeamDavidAttenborough.

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