1 Give your time to those in need

Canadian Living - - Life & Community - Don’t know where to vol­un­teer? Visit these web­sites for in­for­ma­tion and op­por­tu­ni­ties that speak to you: go­vol­un­teer.ca, char­i­tyvil­lage.com, vol­un­teer.ca and vol­un­teer­match.org.

One sure­fire way to feel less alone is to give back. Over and over again, stud­ies show that vol­un­teer­ing begets hap­pi­ness, so this is the per­fect so­lu­tion for any­one who is sad to be far from their rel­a­tives. Serve din­ner at a soup kitchen, sort cans at a food bank, an­swer let­ters to Santa, de­liver stock­ings of toi­letries to women’s shel­ters, ful­fill wish lists of kids in need or spend time at a re­tire­ment home. Be­cause if you can’t have your ideal hol­i­day, you can surely help some­one else achieve theirs—it’s the best gift you can give your­self.

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