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Keep kindness in mind

(Cartoon by George Longley)

As the holiday season is now in full swing, let us not forget that it is the time of year to be kind to one another.

Whether you’re celebrating Christmas, Hanukah, Kwanza, or something else, try to remember that others might not have the same privileges as you.

In particular, everyone should be kind to retail workers because this is a very busy time of year for them. Often they are understaffed and are taking on the same number of tasks that two people normally would.

So when you’re shopping and a retail worker might not be able to find what you are looking for, just remember they’re probably already having a hard enough day, and they don’t need something more added to that.

However, it’s not always just retail workers, as often times we lose ourselves in the frustration of the holiday season, and can forget to be kind to those we love.

Often the people we go to the most are the ones who get the brunt of our stresses. Whether that is husbands, wives, partners, friends, parents, or siblings, part of the holiday season is being kind to one another and giving, so why not give those we love kindness to show them we care?

But most of all, everyone must be kind to themselves, as the holiday season is a time where those who are feeling lonely can often have that feeling exacerbated by the holiday cheer.

While the myth that suicide rates rise around Christmas and the holiday season is still making the rounds, it is important to still take time for ourselves, despite it being the season of giving.

Mental health is something to always take care of, as people often forget to check on themselves at this time of year.

The stresses caused by money, or the idea of seeing family members who you may not feel too much affection for, or simply having to go to a crowded mall to buy gifts, can create stress for some. So why not take some time for self care?

Remember, while it is the season of giving, always be kind to service workers, to the ones you care about most, and most importantly, be kind to yourself.