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One of the best gifts you can give this holiday season is to be there for friends and loved ones who are separated from family, coping with loss, or going through other challenges.
For those who’ve experienced hardship, this season can be more emotionally challenging than other times of the year. You can’t change what your family and friends have been through, but you can give them your love and acceptance.
While most people know someone who has experienced hardship, few make a special effort to support them during the holidays. Even if it’s tricky to find the right words, saying something is always better than saying nothing at all.
Try these conversation starters to let your loved ones know it’s okay to share their true feelings. Or find a way to help with this list of small things you can do to make a big difference, sourced from the Option B community.
They might seem small to you, but tiny gestures that remind people they’re loved can make a world of difference. You can even find ways to be there when you’re far away. Or browse the stories below to see what worked for others.
If the holidays are hard for you, you’re not alone.
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Special thanks to SurveyMonkey for conducting the online poll about how the holidays feel for people who have been through hardship—and how we can all be there for one another during this time of year.
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