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This is the time of year many of us greet each other with Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays. Some seem offended by one or the other. Which greeting is “politically” correct or more appropriate? Who cares? The intention is one of being kind and wishing others merriment and having a happy holiday season. There are many theories of happiness (www.positivepsychology.org) and how to either maintain happiness or achieve it. This article will focus on simply offering kind, cheerful words to others and in a sense contributing to your happiness and possibly helping someone else be happy.

During this Christmas season try to embrace being kind and thoughtful of others and offering a Merry Christmas or Happy Holidays is a good way to begin. You most likely will discover that the recipient will smile and respond in kind reflecting the intention of being happy and cheerful at least at that moment in time. The point is that once you begin to offer positive words to others you will feel better and look for opportunities to spread some love and cheer in other’s lives. It is most likely that you will begin to do so the entire year not solely during the Christmas or Holiday season, at least in part; because of the way it will make you feel.

Too many of us do not receive positive words and positive feedback as we go about our daily routines. I suggest looking for opportunities to make someone’s day brighter. It will pay off. Sometimes a simple “thank you” or “you did a great job” are the kindest words that particular person has heard all day if not longer.

Offering kind words is a good thing but so is holding the door for someone or otherwise helping someone who is physically struggling to do something with which you can assist them in being successful. The opportunities for doing so are there if you look for them. Life is full of difficult challenges and way too short. Try kindness and showing love for others.

Embrace kindness and offer holiday cheer and forget which words are more correct and which words are not. Say ‘Merry Christmas” or “Happy Holidays” every chance you get. You most likely will feel better and more importantly you just may help someone feel really good about their interaction with you.

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