Ah, the joys of Christmas shopping. If you’re like many people, you’ll likely be spending part of this weekend fighting for a parking spot at the mall or bumping elbows with other shoppers in a mad rush to buy the last jar of cranberry sauce on the shelf. All of which can lead to a few hot tempers and bitter scowls – hardly the Christmas spirit!
But it doesn’t have to be that way. Today’s Act of Kindness is to spend the day turning those occasional moments of anger and frustration into moments of joy and happiness. It’s easy, once you get the hang of it.
Did someone just cut you off on the drive to the mall? Brush it off and let someone else in front of you at the deli counter. Did the stressed-out checkout girl give you a frown? Don’t take it personally! Instead, smile back at her and tell her she’s doing a great job. Did someone slam the door on you with your hands full of shopping bags? Turn it around by holding the elevator for the next person. You’d be amazed how easy it is to turn a stressful situation into a moment of surprise joy for an unsuspecting stranger – and for yourself!
Luckily, there’s a lot of opportunities to turn lemons into lemonade this season – if you’re on the lookout for them.