Community//

Why Santa is the Coolest Dude Of All!

If you haven't any charity in your heart, you have the worst kind of heart trouble. Legendary Comedian Bob Hope

Don’t let his appearance fool you. Santa may not look like a movie star but neither is he just a jolly old guy in a red outfit. He has the biggest heart, gives fabulous hugs, smiles from ear to ear, and is wise and compassionate to all, regardless of religious or political beliefs. He sees everyone as his family and cares about each of us. Which makes him totally radical. As far as it’s concerned, he walks his talk. Here’s what Santa excels at:

1. He has amazing psychic powers: he flies in the sky with reindeer, descends chimneys without getting covered in soot, can be in many places at the same time, and yet is extraordinarily elusive. Has anyone actually ever seen him??

2. He encourages rituals and invokes magic in every child’s life: letter writing, stocking filling, decorations, milk and cookies. Ritual and magic invoke the beauty of the unknown.

3. He asks us to do good and be good. Now that’s a big one, as many of us tend to being selfish and greedy.

4. He gives to everyone, even if you are naughty or nice, without needing to receive anything in return, but he doesn’t give blindly. Rather he judges what’s the most appropriate gift for each. This is important, as giving needs skillfulness in order to be of most benefit.

5. He listens to our requests and reads all our letters. Meaning that he takes time to hear us and to pay attention, which we all could learn from.

6. He knows where we live. In other words, he is inside each one of us. The inner Santa!

7. Most importantly, he lifts our spirits even at the darkest time, bringing laughter, giggles and joy, which is undoubtedly the greatest gift of all. Just the sound of his name makes children squeal with glee.

Through giving to others, a la Santa, we turn selfishness into generosity and connect to a deep quality of kindness. Giving, helping others—whether a smile, our time, a listening ear—is profoundly joyful, both to the receiver and the giver. Through giving and sharing in this way, we gain so much.

Is there a Santa in your heart?

The Thrive Global Community welcomes voices from many spheres. We publish pieces written by outside contributors with a wide range of opinions, which don’t necessarily reflect our own. Learn more or join us as a community member!
Share your comments below. Please read our commenting guidelines before posting. If you have a concern about a comment, report it here.

Sign up for the Thrive Global newsletter

Will be used in accordance with our privacy policy.

Thrive Global
People look for retreats for themselves, in the country, by the coast, or in the hills . . . There is nowhere that a person can find a more peaceful and trouble-free retreat than in his own mind. . . . So constantly give yourself this retreat, and renew yourself.

- MARCUS AURELIUS

We use cookies on our site to give you the best experience possible. By continuing to browse the site, you agree to this use. For more information on how we use cookies, see our Privacy Policy.