Spreading the Holiday Spirit

The holiday season is in full swing. Thanksgiving, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are already in the books and there are so many more holidays to come.
This can be a wonderful time because it brings out the best in people; but unfortunately it can also bring out the worst in people. Personally, I try to find the wonderful things in the holidays.
I love drinking hot chocolate with giant marshmallows, playing card games with my friends, seeing houses decorated with lights and, most of all, getting to spend time with my family.
But it’s not always marshmallows and twinkling lights. Sometimes doing the simplest things during this time of year is awful, like going to the grocery store.
We’ve all been in the situation where someone is a little too grumpy and then you are left in a bad mood yourself.
How can we avoid that? How can we spread a little extra holiday cheer? How could we embrace the holiday season a little better?
Kindness.
It is a simple word that you may have learned at a very young age, but just a little kindness can go a long way.
I came across a quote from Leo Buscaglia that I think sums up the importance of kindness:
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word… all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
I try to always be kind, but sometimes my temper gets the best of me. Especially during the holiday season, my kindness tends to be smaller and tested more.
This year I am trying a new approach to make this bucket a little bigger. I want to be able to stretch kindness as far as I can this holiday season.
I decided that every time I encounter an individual, I would spread kindness to that person by simply smiling. Each person has a different way of showing kindness, but I have found that smiling is what fit for me.
Although the holidays can be stressful and hard if we show people a little kindness it can make a huge difference.
Even if it’s just smiling at someone at a grocery store. I want to challenge you to try and show some extra kindness over the next week.
I’m not asking you to plaster a smile on your face and try to change that world with it; I just want to challenge you to be extra kind in the environment that you are in.
Whether it be donating to a charity or sending a card to someone you haven’t talked to in a while, every little act of kindness counts.

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