Keep the holiday spirit alive and well all year long by being kind to others—in all circumstances. The act of kindness you perform today could yield immense benefits years from now. For instance, there’s the story of a couple who agreed to give another couple $1,000 for a missionary trip to the Orient. Years later, the missionaries’ daughter, who had become a lawyer, found out that the woman whose insurance problem she had resolved was the same woman who had helped her parents get to the Far East.
If you do nothing else, make 2009 the year that you do what you say you are going to do. The old saying that “people may doubt what you say but they will always believe what you do” is sage advice. Imagine how much more civil, productive, and enjoyable this world would be if we all followed this simple principle.
And finally, if you want to make 2009 truly great, be thankful—for your family, your friends, your home, the fact that you have heat and running water, that you live in a republic where the people really do have a voice. The more thankful you are, the happier you will be—and the greater blessing you will be to other people.