Turning a thoughtful moment into a habit can make us feel better about ourselves, and be helpful to others
So, did anybody forget about the clocks going back? I must admit that I have in the past found myself at my desk on a Monday morning an hour before anybody else, which, much as I tried to pass it off as just being keen, looked more like a bit of brain-fade. This was a time pre social media and automatically updating smart phones, so I suppose it’s far less likely now. I love that my phone and tablet automatically update themselves to the correct time, as well as (inexplicably) the central heating timer but the cooker clock is another matter, and source of much frustration twice a year.
The feedback to our post about the clocks changing was upliftingly positive. There was an abundance of good ideas about how to use the extra hour, many of them based around food, from baking a cake for someone, making your partner breakfast in bed, or just bringing them coffee, to having a meal with friends of family.
We really liked the ideas about putting together a hamper for people who would benefit for a treat, but there were many other uses that appealed, from just a quiet cup of tea with someone who could benefit from some human interaction, to doing the ironing and other chores.
We got up and got on, and spent time together. We also had a good sort out, taking a bag of warm clothes and some food to the local church who run a project for the homeless and have a very real need for these items. I’d far rather help directly and bypass the charity shop.
Did you know that to establish a habit you need to do something for an average of 21 days. If everyone carried on with the habit they started with that extra hour, something thoughtful for someone else, it need only take a minute, then we would all be doing it automatically by the end of November!
We are also taking part in the 30 Day Festive Food Bank and adding one item of food, toiletries or Christmas treats to a bag which I’ll take to the local food bank at the start of December ready to be distributed to those who need it most. (Read more about this excellent idea here).
Elizabeth Shaw chocolates are also continuing the idea of doing something for others with a campaign with Magic FM, where they will be the official partner of The Magic of Christmas, a music concert held at the end of November.
In the 4-week run up to the event, Magic will ask listeners to go on line nominate someone they want to thank every week in Angie’s (the presenter) ‘thoughtful moments’ with Elizabeth Shaw. Once a week, Angie will call up a listener live on air and say a great big thank you to their friend by giving tickets to Magic of Christmas and an Elizabeth Shaw chocolate hamper, so even if you didn’t win this time, there are other chances for that hamper. Click here to nominate a thoughtful person you know to win.
Post sponsored by Elizabeth Shaw Chocolates, all opinions our own