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Sometimes we forget how to handle the stress of Christmas and New Years that we get caught up in ourselves and our own desires, while forgetting the needs of others. Instead of focusing on the gifts, the food, or the parties, maybe we need to focus on spending time together or going out of our way for someone we have a hard time dealing with. We need to learn to enjoy the company of every person, whether we get along with them or not. We need to annoy them with kindness! You know the saying, "kill them with kindness".
This isn't easy advice for anyone to follow. It might be easier to give our time and money to those we love and show respect in return, but sometimes it means more when we go out of our way to enjoy the company of those who we cannot handle! Enjoy your Christmas Season and take time to think and care for not only those you love but those who might annoy you, but also are deserving of love too.
Sauce of Life Tips:
1. Pick one person in your life who needs to feel loved and do something extra special for them. Send them flowers, make them cookies or even a funny card in the mail will brighten their day.
2. Go out of your way to invite someone out for coffee who might annoy you, but needs a shoulder to lean on.
3. Make extra time for those you love. You might make a small effort here, but don't they deserve your time and attention. Even setting up a date night for you and your significant other or even more fun, schedule a date night for a couple who hasn't had a night out without the kids in awhile.
4. Truly take the time to listen to someone. Instead of zoning out when someone is seeking advice or even just to be listened to, maybe try to absorb what they are saying and be interested in them.
5. Learn to love others more than yourself. This might seem obvious, or you are rolling your eyes at this point, but life has enough tragedies, woes and selfish people who want the attention all the time. Take a moment to accept your sufferings, appreciate your blessings and stop dwelling on your own problems, oftentimes you will realize that others have it much worse and are in dire need of a friend.