Get ready now to enjoy the holiday season

The holiday season–glittering lights, colorful packages, good cheer… stress (and lots of it!). Some people can’t wait for all the activity and excitement of the holidays; others are overwhelmed just by the thought of all that activity and excitement – to say nothing about the real deal! And lots of people fall somewhere in between. The holidays are lots of fun, but did you know that the Christmas season is considered to be one of the most stressful times of year?


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Smile, Smile, Smile

Rush, rush, rush is one certainty in our busy world. Another certainty seems to be stress, stress, stress. And the very rush that drives so many people’s days is the same thing that causes the stress. That stress, in turn, can have some pretty negative impacts on our lives. Do you find yourself missing out on some of the simple pleasures of life as you rush through your days?

There is something you can do. One simple pleasure is ready at any moment. A smile.


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What is a friend?

In an acrostic, each line or paragraph starts with the first letter of a word or phrase. It’s a simple yet effective way to learn how to express thoughts and sentiments.

As simple as an acrostic is, it can be incredibly effective for helping you share your feelings and thoughts. For example, here is an acrostic using a very special word: friend!42854244_M

F – Fun. Friendship is about having fun. That’s how it starts when we are kids, and that’s what keeps it going as we age. Friends are the ones with whom you are silly, the ones with whom you have adventures, and the ones with whom you commiserate as you grow older. A good friend makes you laugh until you hurt, and there is nothing more fun than that!


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Have a NICE day!

Have a NICE day!

May 18, 2017 by cynthia_k

48694669 - have a nice day !Surprises are always nice! Whether it is an unexpected gift or getting an extra carton of fries in your bag at the drive-thru window, a surprise just makes you feel better. As you go about your day, challenge yourself to spring a nice surprise on someone else. Not sure where to start? Here are some great ways to make someone’s day!

  • Let someone out in traffic during rush hour.
  • Let the person behind you at the checkout stand go before you, no matter how big their order is.
  • Visit a nursing home and spend time with those who have no family.
  • Pay for the meal of the person behind you at lunch.
  • Leave some sweet treats with inspirational messages on the break-room table at work.
  • Volunteer at the local elementary school.
  • Give an encouraging smile to a random stranger.
  • Let someone go ahead of you in the school pick-up line, and SMILE while doing so!
  • Wave at strangers that you pass on the road.
  • Buy an extra box of candy at the movie and offer it to the family next to you.
  • Mow your neighbor’s lawn.
  • Leave an encouraging note on someone’s windshield.

Being nice is pretty easy, yet we tend to let the little things put us in bitter moods. Take the phrase “Have a nice day” literally and see how great you will feel. You never know – you could be the reason someone’s day gets turned around!


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What about dear old Dad?

What about dear old Dad?

June 12, 2017 by cynthia_k

46448652_SWhat did you get your mother for Mother’s Day? Did you call? Send flowers or candy? Take her out to dinner?

What are you planning to do for dear old Dad? You may have heard that consumers spend lots less on Father’s Day than they do on Mother’s Day. While it is true, spending in 2016 reached its highest point since the National Retail Federation started tracking Father’s Day spending in 2006. And it appears that spending for 2017 will be comparable.


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