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Tis the Season

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Yep, the holidays are here in full force. I went out today, sorta by accident, and found myself in the midst of all the hustle and bustle of the holidays. I remember reading or hearing something about paying attention to how people act during this stressful time of year so I thought an experiment appropriate. Being the shy person I am and all (yea right!) I decided to be the jolliest of them all today.

So, as I went about my business I smiled at everyone I came across and noted that it IS in fact contagious and they'd smile back. Some I never thought would did and some didn't but no bother, I felt good about sharing a smile nonetheless. The other thing I did, which I don't think I've ever done, is wished everyone I spoke to a Merry Christmas. I talked to people while waiting in lines at the checkout or looking at things and just was myself. It was loads of fun and just the reaction I got from some to hear this weird lady saying Merry Christmas was such fun and most often felt inclined to do the same. I know it made them feel better too and probably not something they did very often either.

So my friends, I'd like to wish all of you and yours a very Merry Christmas and I ask that you take a minute to do the same to others this upcoming week and see how it makes you feel and how they react.

Happy Holidays!!!!

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  • LOGOULD
    So glad you were out there to add to the holiday cheer....hope your Christmas is even more blessed for it!
    3688 days ago
  • TUFFYBIRD
    I love people-watching at this time of year. Mr. TB and I sometimes go to the mall just to sit and look around - Christmas Eve day is our favourite. Some people really look grumpy and stressed out, but a suprising number are very cheery ... probably that trend gets started by a few people like you who take the time to smile and say Merry Christmas.
    3689 days ago
  • DAS92687
    What a great experiment !! We have noticed the same thing as we are out. I really like people's reactions when we say Merry Christmas rather than Happy Holidays :)

    Hope you and yours have a Very Merry Christmas emoticon
    3689 days ago
  • LILYGAL
    Weezie, you are anything but shy!!! And you are always so friendly!! DH and I went out and I was feeling very sorry for myself (you know why) and the first lady I encountered smiled at me and wished us a Merry Christmas. I didn't really want to say it back but I did and you know what.....I began to feel great!! Thanks for reminding us to always share a smile and be pleasant!!! emoticon
    3689 days ago
  • SEKSUNSHINE
    Sounds like you had a fun day!
    3689 days ago
  • MILMOM2000NEW
    Totally agree lady! I love to make those people who look SO grumpy just by saying Merry Christmas or looking them in the eyes and saying, "Hi! How are you?" It amazes me how people who look like they are almost ready to go postal will turn around with a smile and do the same back! :-) Nothing like trying to make the world a happier place one person at a time! :-)
    3689 days ago
  • POORGIRL_DIET
    I love it when you are out and about on a walk when you smile and the others smile too. Some just dont bother but at least i know there are decent human beings in the world who want to be at least friendly!!
    3689 days ago
  • BUTEAFULL
    I met some strangers today on my walk and smiled and they smiled back, it does make one feel good
    3689 days ago
  • WALKINGGRANDMA
    Love that. I'm a little humbuggy today but didn't spread humbug. Just hibernated when the kids would let me. I did do cheerful all week and had a great time.

    Hope you have a great time at Ava's birthday party tomorrow.
    3689 days ago
  • MEADSBAY
    What a fun idea- spreading good cheer- and reaping the rewards of it bouncing back attcha! Love it- hope this idea spreads.
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    3689 days ago
  • MARTY19
    You and I seem to be on the same page. I did the exact same this this afternoon. People smiled back at me and everyone I wished a Merry Christmas to said it back to me. I had a wonderful time while shopping.

    Marty
    3690 days ago
  • KNITTABLES
    What a great thing to do and to share emoticon Merry Christmas to you and your family Weezie. You have touched my heart today and I am emoticon , emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3690 days ago
  • SHARONSPARKLE
    Weezie - you are always upbeat and friendly so I'll bet you had a ball today! It is the time of year that everyone should feel peace and joy! I'm sure you spread some in to all the lives you touched today. Merry Christmas to you too!
    3690 days ago
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