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be-kindDon’t be nice just because it’s the holidays. Be extra nice because it is the holidays. People undergo lots of different stresses when the Holiday Big Three arrive.

This is a tricky time of year for everyone. Some people might feel isolated because they don’t have family. While, others could still feel isolated despite having family. You may never know what is going on with strangers on the street, but kind words can always be a part of your vocabulary.

Smile more. Laugh a lot. Think happy thoughts. Be hopeful. Remain thankful. That’s what being nice means. Because, when you feel good about yourself you’ll want to share those positive feelings with others. It’s only natural because, like happiness, kindness is contagious.

So, if you aren’t feeling kind – catch someone else’s kindness. Spread it around. And, if you are already feeling kind, being kind – you know what to do. Stay kind. 

Inspirational Quote: Each small act of kindness reverberates across great distances and spans of time, affecting lives unknown to the one whose generous spirit was the source of the good echo, because kindness is passed on and grows each time it is passed, until simple courtesy becomes an act of selfless courage years later and far away. -Dean Koontz, the character of H.R. White in “From the Corner of His Eye”

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Sometimes, we talk too much. So much, in fact, we forget to listen to what the other person is saying or to get some much needed instruction. Be quiet – listen. Silence is the supreme teacher because it demands that you tune in to what you are tuning out.

So, if your mother told you to shut up a lot when you were a kid – maybe you should take her advice now.  

Inspirational quote(s): “Don’t talk unless you can improve the silence.”- Jorge Luis Borges

I don’t care if you are as dumb as a brick, as long as you look good – nothing else matters – just don’t talk.”- Kimora Lee Simmons

Talk is cheap. Silence is golden.” – Unknown

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Quit slouching! I’m sure you’ve heard countless number of times how good posture projects confidence. It’s also good for you – it reduces back pain, improves circulation and a whole bunch of other wonderful things.

Also, when you see someone walking tall, shoulders back, head straight- you can’t help but wonder, if not just briefly, “Who’s that?”

Keeping the body properly aligned is an age old confidence builder. Ask Mary-Lou Retton.

Standing up straight doesn’t just strictly apply to your posture – stand up (and be straight) about what you believe in. Don’t let people bully you into thinking you need to slouch down and keep your opinions to yourself. In other words, have a back bone!

Inspirational quote: “Regardless of how you feel inside, always try to look like a winner. Even if you are behind, a sustained look of control and confidence can give you a mental edge that results in victory.” – Arthur Ashe

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