Or maybe it’s a phone call to someone far from you, or far from home, who you sense could use some holiday cheer.
It doesn’t have to be much, but these little things can make a big difference.
Hewlett encouraged PALs participants to identify someone, a friend or associate and not necessarily a family member, to be a positive support to help get through the season.
PALs members also talked about the palliative effect of giving.
“I find appreciating other people makes me feel wonderful,” one woman told the group.
This is good advice for anyone who is struggling with stress, depression or just a little bit of “the blues” — not just during the holidays, but at any time.
And for those who do feel jolly, remember that you could be that helping hand for someone else who is struggling.
“You have bad moments, but you have tools,” Hewlett said. “We need to push and move forward.”
We wish everyone, “blue” or otherwise, a happy holiday season.