5 ways to have a happy holiday -- alone

(CNN)Being alone during the holidays can be depressing, but there are ways to make an impact for others and make your holiday happy.

1. Game night at a nursing home

Yes, you're lonely, but you're not alone. A visit to your local nursing home could raise your spirits and make someone's day. Take a few games or books to read and share your time with someone who will also be alone for the holidays. Seniorcare.com can help you find the closest nursing home to where you live.

2. Create an interactive blog

    You don't have to be a professional writer or blogger to let your voice be heard. For the holiday season, you can create an interactive blog about how to make a difference or write about a topic that is near and dear to your heart. Blogs are easy to start and can be therapeutic. Start your blog today with help from sites like Wordpress.

    3. Host your own holiday potluck

    You may not make it home to your family this year, but you can host your own holiday dinner. Find co-workers, church members or friends who have no holiday plans and invite them over. You can take pictures and post them on your new blog. Look on Pinterest to find great ideas for your party.

    4. Visit a veteran's hospital

    Many of the men and women who have served our country will mark the holiday alone and in the hospital. Honor their service and say thank you in person during a visit to a Department of Veterans Affairs hospital. Many patients are on fixed incomes and unable to buy items that could make their recoveries better. Check with the hospital, but things like magazines, coffee, cookies or gently used clothing are needed. Here is a link to find a VA hospital in your area.

    5. Run in a race for charity

    Get your sneakers on. You can run from your loneliness and help others at the same time. There are lots of 5K and 10K races for charity during the holidays. You can use your alone time to train and run for a good cause. This will also give you the opportunity to meet new people and get fit for the new year.