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Five ‘Lockdown-friendly’ things you can do to end the year on a high

A new ‘kindness campaign’ has been launched to help navigate through the days between Christmas and the new year.

The Twixtmas period, between the Christmas and new year holidays, is known for being a mentally difficult time of year, but due to the coronavirus pandemic this year is expected to be harder than most.

The Twixtmas campaign, a non-commercial idea to transform the usually dull days in the festive period into a celebration of kindness, encourages numerous acts of random generosity.

The campaign recommends people take part in free lockdown-friendly activities over the Twixtmas period, such as doing the free five day ‘happiness work out’ by writing down things to be grateful for or getting in touch with a relative or neighbour who is alone during this time.

Although the term ‘Twixtmas’ has been long used by the tourism industry to promote off-peak vacation time, the campaign idea was originally conceived by social enterprise Grow Social Capital as a simple way of creating social good by using voluntary support.

Phil Hesketh, a happiness expert said: “Expressing gratitude, thinking about a perfect future, and affectionate writing are scientifically proven to work.

“All they require is a pen, piece of paper, and a few moments of your time to reflect during the Twixtmas break.”

The five-day Twixtmas happiness programme consists of:

Day 1 – write down three things over the previous week which make you feel grateful.

Day 2 – write down to recapture how you felt about one of the most wonderful experiences in your life.

Day 3 – write about your future where everything has gone as well as you have hoped.

Day 4 – write a short letter to someone who you care for telling them how important they are to you.

Day 5 – make a note of three things that went really well for you over the five days of Twixtmas

Further advice and inspiration can be found at www.twixtmas.com

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