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16
Alex Somos

For many, December is all about “the event”: the shopping, the family, the food...it’s a fast-paced month full of hustle and bustle.

But now is also a good time to reflect on and move relationships forward in a positive way.

At work, at home and in your community, here are a few things you can do this month—and help kick-start 2015 with some “Juice”!


           Do:

  1. Make peace with a co-worker you’ve had a disagreement with. Take a risk and step into the tension to find common ground. You’ll both feel better about it afterwards.
     
  2. Buy a cup of coffee for a new person at the office, and listen to their story. It doesn’t really matter what you talk about: what’s important is that you take time to step into their world and show understanding.
     
  3. Take a direct report out for lunch, and tell them why you appreciate them. Good leaders have the ability to make their team feel special and important. In doing so, you increase the likelihood that employees will go back to work energized, with clearer focus, and a much higher motivation.
     
  4. Look a homeless person in the eye. This month, greet a homeless person as you would any other person you come across during your day. This small show of respect can reaffirm one’s humanity at a time when homelessness appears to have stripped it away.
     
  5. Go through your closet and donate to a charity. There are many charities that will accept your used clothing and items: a simple Google search will provide tons of ideas for local organizations accepting donations. Added bonus: more room in your closet!
     
  6. Call your mom. This one needs no explanation. Just do it!

    Don't:
     
  7. Don’t make assumptions about someone else’s motives. Often we judge people by the impact they have on us and we ascribe motive based on the event. Take the time to describe the impact the event had on you and then ask; what was going on for you at the time? You may be surprised the outcome you experienced was not intended.
     
  8. Don’t complain about a co-worker behind their back. It spreads negativity and can bring down morale. Share your concern directly with them—or simply hold your tongue.
     
  9. Don’t overspend on loved ones to compensate for time. Consider spending quality time with them instead.
     
  10. Don’t buy in to the pressures of the consumerism mind set. Instead embrace the spirit of the season and pray for peace on earth.

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