We’re still in the opening stretch of 2016, but have already survived the worst day of the year.
According to researchers, every third Monday of January is “Blue Monday,” or the most depressing 24 hours of the year. Why? The holidays are over. People give up on their resolutions. It’s cold. Credit card statements are coming in the mail to remind us of the mass amounts of money we spent on gifts in December.
Now, I’m fairly confident this is pseudo-science — but it still lends to good discussions. Going back to a past blog topic, I have a hard time accepting the frigid temps of winter. And I’m sure other people agree with me.
So during the week of Blue Monday, rather than focusing on what you can do for yourself to beat the winter blues, here are some easy ideas to give back.
Return your shopping cart to the corral.
Yes, it’s cold. And yes, I know you want to get into your warm car as soon as possible. But please, take those extra 4 seconds and put the cart away. The universe and the person who’s job it is to bring carts inside will thank you.
Buy some treats for the office.
I work at Calypso Communications in Portsmouth, and we’re no stranger to the surprise morning snack. While we never need that muffin from Popovers or that cookie from Breaking New Grounds, it’s always appreciated.
Driving slower than the car behind you? Merge to the right.
It’s just safer. Also, fewer obscene hand gestures!
Put your phone away.
Even if it’s just for dinner. I know there are exceptions, but most of the time, you don’t need to answer that email. Facebook will be around after you’ve eaten your dessert. Make an effort to engage in conversation, and people around you will follow suit.
Buy someone flowers.
The Flower Kiosk in Portsmouth does a fantastic job putting together arrangements, in any size you need. They also have a variety of succulents, air plants and garden decor. So, send an unsuspecting individual a garden-esque gift to ease the winter blues.
Over-tip your servers.
You know it’s the right thing to do.
Reach out to someone you haven’t talked to in awhile.
Reconnecting with old friends doesn’t take that much effort, and can have a huge impact on someone’s day. But, make it personal. I tend to appreciate a phone call from someone who genuinely cares about how I’m doing much more than a Hallmark card. So, pick up the phone! You can even double up and throw out some compliments while you’re chatting.
So, this month, pay it forward. Don’t you feel better already?