New Year’s Eve, 2018 – New York Celebration & Ball Dropping (Photo: courtesy of friends)
Health, Happiness, and Good Wishes for New Year!
I have closed my account at Amazon and donated 45 books to the doctors’ (Hematologist) office. I want them to shop healthy, cook healthy, and eat healthy. You have to take care of your health. You can’t buy it no matter how much money you have.
You do not need a material gift for the holidays. Consider giving nonmaterial gifts. According to experts, “Acts of Kindness can bring cheers, reduce stress, bolster self-confidence, and produce oxytocin, the hormone responsible for cultivating attachment and social bonds. A survey conducted by the American Psychological Association says 27% of American worry about money and 47% feel obligated to buy gifts. So, show personal connections by calling a lonely friend on the phone, send an encouraging email or note, show up at the door, spend some quality time with friends and family to celebrate holidays. Friends are families. They may fill any emptiness and become proxy families. Studies show that these acts of kindness can increase joy, emotional well-being, and alleviate moods. Even small gestures can make a big difference.”
“Three passions, simple but overwhelmingly strong, have governed my life: the longing for love, the search for knowledge and unbearable pity for the suffering of mankind.” – Bernard Russell, English philosopher (1872-1970).
Sushil (Sue) Hennessy, Dec., 2018
You don’t need money, just a little time to give mental support and be kind to all. Check on the elderly, bring their Newspaper to their door in bad weather, say hello to your neighbors when you see them, wish them happy holidays and birthdays etc. Call your parents, grandparents, aunts, and uncles; talk to them to make sure they are not lonely, thank the soldiers when you see them for keeping us safe; thank priests, police officers, teachers, postal workers, newspaper persons, trash collectors for their services. Write notes to a lonely and unknown person and make his or her day. These acts of kindness have a trickle-down effect.