If you’re like me and you live for the Summer, January is a tough ol’ time.

The buzz of Christmas is long gone. We’ve all spent too much, ate too much, drank too much. It’s cold outside and it’s dark ALL.OF.THE.TIME.

And with ‘blue Monday’ dawning on us, it seems only natural to want to hide away under your biggest blanket and hope no one finds you until February. 

But in the real world, it just ain’t gonna happen.

So stumbling across this article I thought, what a great way to kick January up the backside and inject some HAPPINESS back into our lives!

Dishing out small acts of kindness has been proven to promote higher levels of life satisfaction, job satisfaction and as a result, fewer depressive symptoms. And interestingly, these happiness results came from the givers of kind acts rather than the receivers. Which shouldn’t be so surprising since we actually feel more pleasure spending money on others than ourselves. 

So perhaps the answer to beating the January blues isn’t hibernating with the leftover Christmas chocolate and wishing the days away, but sending out some kind words, actions, and generosity. 

This doesn’t have to be anything extravagant. Everyone appreciates a thank you note, a compliment, or a slice of cake.

And since it's human nature to want to reciprocate - or at least ‘pay it forward’, your one act of kindness could be the start of a virtuous cycle that keeps on giving.

Will you receive anything back - who knows? But you’ll certainly be left with that warm fuzzy feeling that makes you want to smile for no reason. Remember that?  

So on that note, I’m off to do a bakery run. Happy January, all!