Monthly Archives: December 2014

What gift is good for all ages and kinds of people; is something no one returns or re-gifts; has no expiration date and never goes out of style?

The holidays are meant to be a joyous time however for many of us they can also be a series of challenges.  We are buzzing back and forth, racing in and out of malls, making purchases.  Before we know it, the stress of the season has “bah humbugged” our spirit.

Make more “merries” and less “meltdowns” this year and give the gift of appreciation.  Take a moment and reflect on the true reason for the season.  It’s not the giving of physical gifts, for they are only momentary pleasures.  Instead, the holidays are a time to appreciate others.  Regardless of your holiday tradition, it is a time to appreciate people who matter most in your life.

I encourage you to think of gifts that will continually benefit the recipient’s life.  Call friends and family; have conversations more deeply than you usually do.  The gift of appreciation, unlike material gifts, last a lifetime.

This year make the holiday season one where you focus on spending quality time with the people who matter most in your life.  Share experiences and create lasting memories.  After all, that is what the holidays are really about.

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‘Tis the season to be merry or bah humbug?

Happiness Index: Only 1 In 3 Americans Are Very Happy, According To Harris Poll

The U.S. economy may be recovering, but Americans aren’t getting any happier: Only one in three Americans say they’re very happy, according to a recent Harris Poll.

We shouldn’t need a “spectacular” holiday to be in a “spectacularly” good mood.  It’s beneficial to be merry year round, not just in December.

Being happy allows you to become part of something larger than yourself; something that will have impact and make a difference. When you are happy, you can lift the mood of others. They in turn pass this happiness on, and it keeps going around like a butterfly effect. This is probably why the “holiday season” is so contagious – people are in higher spirits.

You are the master of your mood and have freedom to choose your own outcomes.    Make everyday open season to be merry.  Greek philosopher Aristotle once said, “We are what we repeatedly do.” Happiness then is not an act but a habit.

Whether it is paying compliments to others or committing to smile often; choose to be merry 365 days a year. Discover for yourself its effect on your success and happiness in 2015.

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