Merry Christmas 2014

Merry Christmas 2014

Eric Sevareid, a CBS news journalist from 1939 to 1977, said, “Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves.” Whether in your day job you gather requirements, write or test code, facilitate teams or lead change Christmas represents a time to reflect on the larger world, reflect and make it better for someone other than yourself. NPR’s Morning Edition on December 24 included a segment discussing research that suggests that generosity is a hardwired human attribute.  The research by Dr. Lara Aknin is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Simon Fraser University suggests that people feel better about themselves and the world around them when they are generous to others. Christmas is a day of celebration but also a reminder that to feel good about ourselves we need to give of ourselves to others.

Regardless of whether you celebrate Christmas, take the few minutes you would spend reading this blog and reach out to a family member you have lost track of, a co-worker that might be alone on this day or to a friend you have only talked to only on Facebook and say hello. Whether, like Fred in the Dicken’s Christmas Carol, invite your Uncle Scrooge to dinner or just spend a few minutes on the phone reaching out to another fellow human.

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