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Simple Resolutions to Improve Your Life - Tip 1

- Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Most of us think about self-improvement when it comes to New Year’s resolutions. In 2017, consider the ways we can help others while improving ourselves. Here is the first of 10 simple resolutions for 2017 to make a difference in the community while also improving ourselves.

1.    Just because the holidays are over doesn’t mean random acts of kindness have to stop. Bring kindness back in 2016 by offering your seat to someone standing on the subway. Instead of honking the horn as soon as the light changes, give the person in front of you a break and wait 5 seconds. Let the person with fewer items go ahead of you in line at the store.

Tell us about your resolutions for giving back in 2017.

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

- Monday, December 26, 2016

Smile at 10 strangers today!

Any check out line, any person at a cash register, or person behind a customer service desk. Make their day! They are people too, and all to often they are barraged with, irritated, hurried, harried shoppers, with them good things and smile!

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

- Sunday, December 25, 2016

Reach out to someone you haven't talked to in a while.
We all get busy with our own lives. Sometimes we get so busy that we let friendships fade. Today, take a few minutes to reconnect to someone you haven't talked to in a while. Write them a quick postcard or letter to let them know you were thinking about them. They will appreciate the gesture and it will make their day.

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

- Saturday, December 24, 2016

Tip big.
Give a tip that makes the waitress/waiter do a double take.

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

- Friday, December 23, 2016

Babysit for free.

Babysit for somone who normally can't afford a babysitter. It is nice to get out every once and a while. Or for parents who might need a little last minute child-free time to prepare for Christmas!

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

- Thursday, December 22, 2016

It's not too late to send a Christmas greeting...try sending a video greeting.
Make a 30 second video with a personal message. Bonus points for sending it to someone who may be house bound!

How to Simplify the Holidays - Tip 5

- Thursday, December 22, 2016

Simplify the holidays? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes. Here is Tip #5 to help you relax this holiday season.

5.    Family gatherings are the perfect time to play games. Anything from a treasure hunt to cards, charades or board games, all are a great way to connect with family members while engaging your body, imagination and mind.

Today's Random Act of Kindness...

- Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Try Post-It Note Kindness.
Stick sticky notes on cars, school lockers, your co-worker's desk, or wherever with something nice written on it like "you're beautiful" or "smile" or "you make a difference”.

Avoid Christmas Letdown...

- Tuesday, December 20, 2016

There are lots of things we like about the holidays. Picking out the Christmas tree, getting lots of presents, decorated and lit up store windows, the cheery sound of carolers, buying gifts for people we care about, parties with friends and family, the sound of logs cracking in the fireplace, the clinking of glasses. Preparing for these festivities takes up most of December with everything culminating into one final bash at the end of the year on New Year’s Eve. Then, like the flip of a light switch, it’s all over in a blink and January’s gray days of winter and daily routines return. The holidays are one tough act to follow.

While January will probably never hold the same anticipation and excitement that December does, it doesn’t have to be such a big letdown. Here are some suggestions for making January something to look forward to.

Consider leaving the trains, lights and other decorations out a little longer. Just because the stores are putting out Valentine’s Day merchandise before the New Year’s Eve ball drops, doesn’t mean you have to put everything away. The holidays can linger in your house for as long as you like.

The winter weather doesn’t have to get you down either. For those of us living in colder parts of the country, ice skating and skiing are fun activities that make the winter months special. You can also make your favorite holiday meals. Roast a turkey, bake your favorite hash brown casserole and invite your friends over to celebrate making a last car payment or finally clearing out your basement.

Getting together with friends for a night of card and board games is also something to look forward to. Or, consider going to lectures at local museums or book readings at your local library. Volunteer work is another way to connect with others in your community. You’ll not only lend a helping hand, but you’ll also do good and kindle happiness.

By participating in some of these activities after the holidays, you’ll make the winter months special after all.

How to Simplify the Holidays - Tip 4

- Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Simplify the holidays? Is it even possible? The short answer is yes. Here is Tip #4 to help you relax this holiday season.

4.    You don’t go in debt to make the holidays special. For big families, drawing names and having each person buy gifts for one person can help. Handmade items or coupons good for a night of dishes or a week of laundry are greatly appreciated.


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