The holidays are here again and, for the most part, everyone is putting on their happy faces and getting ready to cook for the family like they do every year. It’s great that people put on their kindness hat for the sake of the holidays, but why can’t we treat everyday like a holi-day? Why do we just try and be extra kind, happy and thoughtful just for the holiday season?

There are more regular days than holidays throughout the year and if we are only trying to spread love and kindness for the handful of holidays we celebrate, then what the heck are we doing all of the other days of the year? Isn’t it pointless just to be nice for a certain amount of time, only to turn around and be the complete opposite the rest of the time? Why not keep the momentum going year-round?

Kindness, thoughtfulness, generosity – these are all contagious attributes that we can give to one another whether it’s Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, Valentine’s Day, or even Thursday. Just think if we were thoughtful and kind to others on more days than just the holidays, what a difference that could make in each and every one of our lives. Instead of just looking forward to the holidays each year, because that is the time when everyone seems to be nice and gets along really well, why don’t we start looking forward to each and every day from now on?

Today is a new day. After today is gone you can never get it back. Don’t look back and regret that you were only nice to others during the holiday season and not every other day during the year. Santa should not be the only one that is held accountable for monitoring you throughout the year to see if you have been good or bad to others. You should be accountable for yourself each and every day of the year, holidays included.

Don’t make your kindness, love and generosity be only limited to the holiday season. Go beyond the holidays. Spread good cheer to all you come across with throughout the whole year. I guarantee that if you do that throughout the whole year the holidays can be even more memorable, because you are taking a part of the holidays and sharing that feeling with the rest of your year and all those that are in your life. And that is worth more than just being nice for a few days out of the year.


Ahwatukee Foothills resident Michelle “Mikey” Arana is a 2003 graduate of Mountain Pointe High School. She offers free peer advice, however, Mikey is not licensed or trained, just a fellow friend to the community. All inquiries made to Mikey will remain anonymous unless legal issues occur. She can be reached at or

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