Monday, December 1, 2014

Holiday Season Challenge

Let's face it, December can be hectic. We're just coming off Thanksgiving, which has evolved into a pre-Christmas shopping frenzy. The pressure is on to find the perfect gift, decorate the perfect house, and be the perfect hostess.

I have an idea. Forget the nonsense and enjoy the Christmas season. 
What if, each day, we did something nice for someone else AND something nice for ourselves? 
That's right. Be generous and selfish every day. Embrace the joy with no guilt. As you buy presents, get little gift for you. Bake your own favorite dish and share it with others. Pay it forward to the next person in line as you indulge in your favorite beverage. 
It doesn't matter what religion you are or what you believe. Just be nice.
It's the season for giving. Treat yourself as you give to others, and see how much better you feel about the holidays.

One of the secrets to a happy life is continuous small treats. ~ Iris Murdoch


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