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Happy Holidays

Eileen Rosewater

mount st. mary's university campus

I am sad to say that this is my last post of the semester. I have had so much fun coming up with topics to write about and expanding my knowledge as well as others' knowledge on mental health and learning disabilities. Today I want to wrap up my blog by talking about the importance of kindness during the holiday season. This post will be uploaded on the last day of exams, which works out perfectly. I send you all off on winter break with my final words of wisdom.

I understand the holiday season, for all the good it brings, can also bring some unpleasant feelings or memories. Christmas is my favorite holiday, and the holiday season is my favorite time of year, but it is important to be aware of the people in your life who have a tough time finding joy in the season. This is the time of giving. Whether giving means giving gifts, giving money to charity, giving your time, giving your ears, etc. Giving is vital.  

I want to send you all off with a challenge for the next month. I challenge you to make it your mission to perform at least five random acts of kindness. This can be something as simple as holding the door open for someone or paying someone a friendly compliment. Acts of kindness can also include volunteering, visiting nursing homes, hospitals, schools, etc. Make it your mission to spread the joy, love, and cheer that the holiday season has to offer, not just to your loved ones, but to strangers too.  

No one should feel alone during the holiday season. So, embrace the spirit of Christmas, and go out and spread your kindness wherever you find it is needed.  

That is all I have for you this week. It has been a pleasure writing for you this semester, and I hope you have found this blog enjoyable and relatable. I hope you all have a wonderful break. I wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

Eileen Rosewater