Tis’ the season of laughter and love, family and friends, and happiness and giving. It’s the time of the year when family gets together to celebrate the holidays with gratitude. My family and I, Jessica, have always celebrated Christmas and every year it continues to be my favorite holiday because of the happiness it brings to people. When I was younger, I never fully understood or appreciated the acts of kindness and the amount of giving I receive, not only during this time of the year, but every day that goes by. I am blessed with an amazing, supportive family who never cease to make sacrifices to bring happiness into my life. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how fortunate I am and I cannot express my gratitude enough. I truly am grateful for the life I live and all that I have. I wish to give back to my family as each year goes by, and every day I try to make small gestures to give to the people around me, hoping to make their day a little brighter.
Making people happy is the greatest gift I believe anyone could give. Passing strangers and giving them a smile, holding the door open for the person behind you, donating to a good cause or something you support, etc.. All of these things, even if you only help one person, or show someone a sign of happiness, will have an everlasting effect. In our lives from day to day, we become consumed by the business and stress that seem to loom over us everywhere. We forget to stop and lend a helping hand, or even to wave to the car letting you cross the road to say “thank you”. This year has come and gone, some might say it hasn’t been the greatest year, but it’s not too late to spread happiness and love by taking opportunities whenever you can to give someone, anyone, gratitude and hope.
My biggest wish this Christmas is for you all to spread love by giving to others something as little as a smile when you walk by them, or as much as donating your time, energy, or the spare change in your pocket to help someone less fortunate. You might realize just how good it feels to make people happy. 🙂 I wish everyone a very Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukah, and Happy New Year!
Jess and Josh