“The true source of cheerfulness is benevolence.” [Unknown]

Benevolence is the “act of, or general inclination towards, charity.”

At this time of year, there are no shortage of charitable opportunities.  Red kettles “adopted” by Salvation Army volunteers are posted outside every grocery store, at the mall, and even online.  Churches have the names and ages of needy children on their Christmas trees so you can purchase presents for children who might otherwise have no gifts.  Toys for Tots has boxes out with the same aim.  Soup kitchens have an influx of people wanting to volunteer on Christmas.

The thing that’s important to remember is that benevolence is not a one-time-of-year thing.  St. Jude, United Way, Charity Water, UNICEF, Oxfam, Habitat for Humanity — these are a handful of the many opportunities for you to get involved in something greater than yourself year ’round.  Another interesting charity?  Child’s Play, which is “a game industry charity dedicated to improving the lives of children with toys and games in our network of over 60 hospitals worldwide.”  There are a million ways to get involved.

Another important thing to keep in mind is that you don’t need to be involved in a specific charity to demonstrate benevolence.  Look for opportunities in your every day life to show others how much you care.


I expect to pass through this world but once.  Any good thing, therefore, that I can do or any kindness I can show to any fellow human being let me do it now.  Let me not defer or neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again.
Stephen Grellet


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