7 ways to feel great this Christmas

7 ways to feel great this Christmas
Children play with foam as festive lighting is pictured at the Garden by the Bay, showcasing Christmas Wonderland for the holiday season, in Singapore on December 19, 2014.

So much to do in the Christmas season, so little time.

We've put together a list of things to do, savour and enjoy that we think will leave you feeling fantastic this season.

Bonus prize: there's a good chance you'll help others feel great while you're enjoying yourself.

1. EAT

Christmas calories don't count, so indulge away! We've assembled a small list of outlets (in Singapore) where you can inhale some seriously great food and beverages.


Ever wondered whatit's like to cook for up to 5,000 people? Fret not, you'll be in good company at Willing Hearts, where every day, volunteers cook hot meals for those who might otherwise go hungry.


Get something meaningful for your friends and family, and give yourself a treat too. We recommend CDs of music co-written and performed by at-risk youth in Singapore, hand-made dolls sewn by women in East Timor, cool shark t-shirts that will benefit sharks and give fishermen who used to hunt them in Indonesia a viable alternative, solar lamps sold by women entrepreneurs in the islands off Batam, colourful toys, bags and jewellery made by people with special needs, the old, or those living in financially difficulty in Singapore.


Take a dance lesson from the Pluspoint group and you and your friends can have some coordinated - even slick! - moves for that Christmas party. At the very least, we guarantee it'll be a hoot. Alternatively, let the professionals take care of the entertainment by hiring them to spice up the party.


Aside from meaningful physical gifts (see point 3), you can honour a friend or family member by sponsoring a student in the Philippines, Cambodia or Singapore to get a tertiary education, offering a domestic helper the chance to learn business skills, or extending a micro loan to someone trying to work her way out of the poverty trap in India, in your friend or family member's name.


Reward yourself by winning some of the cool stuff we've mentioned in point 3. Plus, you get to help someone doing good in Asia win $10,000 so he or she can do more good. No tricks. It really is that easy. All you have to do is vote online for your favourite Our Better World Good Story of the Year.


OK, we lied. Christmas calories do count. But the good news is that you can mitigate your guilt by running with the blind or those with special needs, dancing with elderly aunties and uncles who can Zumba like you wouldn't believe, or playing tennis with the blind (that's right, they can play tennis!).

And finally, these school kids from Vietnam broke out in spontaneous song when we were filming there in October. We think you'll like this.

Merry Christmas everyone!

A story by Our Better World- telling stories to inspire good, an initiative of the Singapore International Foundation.

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