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The holiday time is a season of giving, and it seems more folks are planning to open their wallets to help others this year. Just in time for Giving Tuesday (November 27th), a new poll by Classy finds 49% of folks plan to donate more to non-profits this year than last year.

Overall, only 10% of people say they plan to give less than last year, with those with higher incomes most likely to up their charitable contributions. In fact, 74% of those earning between $100K and $150K, and 85% of those earning more than $150K will be making donations.

As for where folks will be making those donations, the country’s recent disasters and tragedies are having a big impact. In fact, 54% of people say they either have or will donate to Hurricane Michael and/or Florence relief efforts, while 44% of people say the Pittsburgh synagogue shooting is inspiring them to donate. In addition, another 37% of folks say immigration issues are motivating them to give to charity. 

  • And despite the country being so politically divided, it seems folks have faith in their fellow Americans. Overall, 49% of Americans believe people are becoming more generous, while only 21% think they are being less generous. 

Source: Yahoo Finance

Tuesday, November 27th is Giving Tuesday and it’s basically a day to give back. It was started in 2012 as a response to all the consumerism of the holidays, especially Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The idea is to mark the beginning of the charitable season and to encourage people to give to organizations and charities that are doing good and here are a few ways you can get involved.

  • Donate to your favorite nonprofit - Give to a charity that does work in line with your values, whether that’s a group that supports immigrant families or the LGBTQ community. If you’re not sure who to support, check out the #GivingTuesday site for ideas.
  • Volunteer your time - If you can spare some time on Tuesday, roll up your sleeves and donate it to organizations that need hands-on help.
  • Start your own fundraiser - If you have a Facebook account, let the power of social media help your favorite nonprofit. Just click “Fundraisers” on the left-hand side of the Facebook page under the Explore tab. There you’ll see options to start a fundraiser for #GivingTuesday. This year, Facebook and PayPal will match donations up to a total of $7-million.
  • Share your experience on social media - If you can’t give financially, a free way to help is by boosting #GivingTuesday posts on social media. Use the hashtag #GivingTuesday and repost and retweet to show nonprofits some extra love.
  • Start a charitable giving habit - It’s important to give back any time you can, not just the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, so if you’re able, sign up to donate once a month or quarterly to support your favorite charities year-round.

Source: Refinery29

A lot of folks will be heading out to find the best deals on Black Friday, but apparently a lot of them aren’t exactly ready to brag about their purchases…at least to their partners. A new survey finds that one in three Americans plan to buy something on Black Friday and keep it a secret from their significant other. What’s more, overall the average American has in years past hidden $353 in Black Friday purchases from their partner.

And some are doing it right under their boo’s noses, with 34% saying they bought the secret item from their joint account just hoping their partner doesn’t find out. Of course not everyone gets away with it, with 36% of folks getting caught.

As for the biggest secret purchases, clothing is the most popular (59%), followed by jewelry (48%) and a phone (41%). And while those seem simple to hide, others have purchased some pretty extravagant things behind their mate’s back. According to the poll, the biggest purchases people have hidden from partners include:

  • A 65” television
  • $500 worth video games
  • A Chihuahua
  • $1000 worth of jewelry
  • Bob Dylan tickets

Source: SWNS Digital

Are you already sick of the holidays even though they technically haven’t started yet? You're not alone. According to a new study, LOTS of people experience holiday burnout, and for all sorts of reasons.

The poll finds that 68% of Americans consider the holiday season a stressful time, with 35% admitting they get burnt out on the holiday season way before Christmas arrives. In fact, 36% experience “Festive Burnout” before mid-December, while 17% say they get it even before December starts.

It seems all that getting ready for the holidays does people in, with the poll finding the average American will spend 38 hours getting ready. The biggest chunk of time will be spent shopping, about 13 hours, followed by cooking, which Americans spend nine hours and 17 minutes on. Then there’s another nine hours spent just planning for the holiday, with another seven spent decorating.

  • So, what specifically contributes to holiday burnout? Well, it turns out it’s everything from shopping, to long lines to constantly hearing holiday music to constant holiday commercials. Check out the Top Ten contributors below. 

Top 10 Contributors To “Festive Burnout”

  1. Shopping (65%)
  2. Crowds (63%)
  3. Long lines (58%)
  4. Buying presents (51%)
  5. Cooking (48%)
  6. Knowing what gifts to buy people (46%)
  7. Constantly hearing holiday music (45%)
  8. The pressure of making Christmas day special (44%)
  9. Constantly seeing holiday commercials on TV (36%)
  10. Wrapping presents (34%) 

Source: SWNS Digital

If you’ve been sticking to your healthy eating goals all year, the holidays may feel like a slippery slope you don’t want to go down. First it was Halloween with all the tempting treats, now Thanksgiving is here and after the turkey it’s going to be holiday parties and cookie swaps during December. But just because there’s food everywhere this time of year doesn’t mean you have to pack on the pounds. Follow this advice from registered dietitians to enjoy the holidays without the weight gain.

  • Eat breakfast - Starting your day by filling up on something healthy, like an egg white omelet full of veggies, will help you avoid overindulging later.
  • Make time for fitness - Between all the holiday gatherings and quality family time, squeeze in some time to workout and make sure you stick to it.
  • Don’t show up hungry - You’re more likely to overdo it with empty calories if you head to a cocktail or dinner party when you’re famished.
  • Pitch in - The best way to make sure the event you’re attending has something healthy is to bring it yourself. Ask the host if they’d like you to whip up a lighter version of a traditional holiday dish.
  • Divide your plate well - It’s easy to overload on high-calorie favorites on Thanksgiving, but if you fill half your plate with veggies first, then a quarter with turkey and a quarter with mashed potatoes, stuffing, and rolls, you’re doing it the nutritionist-approved way.
  • Eat everything you like - The holidays don’t have to be a free for all, but you should enjoy all of the foods you love and you can skip the indulgent ones that aren’t your favorite.
  • Remember that’s it’s not just about the food - There are feasts, cocktails, and treats at every turn during the holidays, but there’s a lot more to celebrate. Focus on spending time with loved ones and find pleasure in the traditions, not just the fudge.

Source: PopSugar

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