When was the last time you gave away more than you received for the holidays? This may sound like a bizarre question but a recent study by Harvard University showed that people receive more benefit from giving than receiving. They tend to be happier.
During the holidays there are more opportunities to give to your community than at any other time. Whether it is helping a church or homeless shelter to serve Thanksgiving dinner to people in need or organizing a gift drive for community children at Christmas, there is something for everyone. Perhaps you would prefer to join forces with your friends and organize your own event.
Not only do these holiday acts of kindness go far to develop you as a person, they ultimately strengthen your application for university. When competing for college scholarship money or during that application interview, you will have more to talk about than your academics. Taking time to help others and learn about their existences is very humanizing and can ultimately help you stand out from the crowd.