Share the Joy of Spring

Spring is just around the corner.  It has been a difficult winter, but crazy winters allow us to appreciate beautiful springs even more.  Use the new season as an opportunity to spread some old-fashioned kindness.  I think the continued extreme cold weather has put many of us in a funk.  The cold and gray can do this. However, as you start peeling off the depression and feeling renewed, spread the joy. 

Here are some suggestions of ways to enhance the rush you may experience with the return of the sun.

  1. Greet a neighbor.  We don’t get to know our neighbors well in our fast-paced world.  If you have an older neighbor, check on them and make sure they are feeling good.  Put some time aside for a little visit.  Remember that you could be the only person your elderly neighbor has seen in a very long time.
  2. Bring your smile back and share it.  Smile and say hello when you enter an elevator or grocery store or walk into a bank. 
  3. Take someone to lunch or dinner or for a drink and treat for no reason. Just grab the tab! The treat doesn’t have to be fancy or expensive.   
  4. Call or write to someone that you haven’t spoken to in a long time.  Surprise someone with an unexpected note or call.
  5. Bring someone flowers.  Flowers are so inexpensive and can brighten anyone’s day.
  6. Tell someone special that he or she is special to you.  Many times we don’t express ourselves and say the words because we figure the other person already knows how we feel.  And they may know - but it is still always nice to hear. 
  7. Call your mother.  Moms are the people that are always glad to hear from us.  Dads might think we need money when we call, but Moms always want to know what we are up to and how we are doing.  

These suggestions might seem simple - and they are - but we still don’t do them enough.  This spring, share the joy of renewal and see how it enhances your internal happiness.

Colleen Harding

Hello my name is Colleen Harding.  I am the founder for the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol.  I started my company 5 years to address a niche and a need for protocol training.  I received two certifications from the American School of Protocol in traditional etiquette and corporate training.  Today, I work with individuals, schools, companies and organizations that recognize the importance of social polish in daily life and the corporate world.

I spent 22 years in the corporate arena as an outside sales representative with 15 years in Broadcast Sales.  I recognize the competitive advantage a person has when they respect etiquette and have received protocol training. 

I am a Bay Village resident.  Graduated from Magnificat High School and The Ohio State University. 

I am an active volunteer for the Westside Catholic Center, St Raphael Women’s Guild and Village Foundation Board Member.

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Volume 2, Issue 9, Posted 2:56 PM, 04.23.2015