Thanksgiving is a great holiday for so many reasons. Maybe people gather with families and catch up, and others watch football and eat ’til they drop. But some folks are tired of the usual madness that comes with preparing a big dinner, while others are alone without a family to celebrate with. For those who are looking for something to do (or something different to do) this Thanksgiving, here are some ideas for volunteering that will leave you feeling warm, fuzzy, and useful. They just might change your life!
One of the easiest ways to get more out of life and enjoy life more is to turn off the television. How much time is wasted sitting in front of a television and not living life? It is the same as shorting your life by sitting in front of the idiot box not out enjoying life.
A sensory stimulating box might be a good activity for those that are bed bound. This could also be a spring theme, an Irish theme or in keeping with a religious tone for Passover. Items you can use are stones, candles, flowers, coin chocolates, items shamrock shaped or shaped like a cross. Include a gospel CD, Bible or scripture promises in some other form. Pictures of Ireland, the general outdoors, and different flowers are good to include too.
I visited my mother who has Alzheimer’s in the home assistance services. I was upset that she didn’t recognize me – I couldn’t help it because when your own mother doesn’t know who you are… So I started singing to her one of the songs she sang to me when I was a little girl and she started singing too. Guess what? She knew all the words. We were so happy and in the moment; something in both of us was liberated.
Aerobic activity. A study of 19,000 participants showed that death rates fell in direct proportion to the number of calories that the participants burned each week. Aerobic physical fitness can be as easy as walking for 30 minutes, 4 times per week. Weight-bearing exercise such as walking, dancing, and gentle aerobics help to strengthen bones and to improve cardiovascular fitness.
Divorce – In order for the divorced spouse not residing in the home, to be eligible for the gain exclusion, the divorce degree must stipulate that the former spouse living in the home, was granted use of the property pursuant to the divorce agreement. If the divorce agreement does not include this provision, then the former spouse, may fail the use test and become ineligible for the gain exclusion.
Rental of a Portion of Your Home – The entire gain may be excluded, however, a portion of the gain attributable to post May 6, 1997 depreciation is subject to a maximum 25% tax rate. This exclusion rule does not apply to two-family homes. In such case only the unit used as a home qualifies.