Posts Tagged 'Gifts'

December 23, 2010

The Art of Giving

The holiday season is around and we are all busy buying gifts at malls/online for our family members, friends, colleagues, bosses, teachers, business partners and to everyone that makes a difference in our life. This holiday season also try a little different way of gift giving that wouldn't cost you a penny. To give this gift you need not open your wallet or your purse, you just need to open your heart. You need not wait for a Mother's Day, Valentine's Day, Christmas or any other occasion to give this gift, it can be given anytime, anywhere and to anyone.

We take many things for granted in our life, but take a minute and think about the people that are around you that make your life better. Give the gift of appreciation. Appreciate your spouse for all that he/she does around the house or outside the house to make your living better. Appreciate your kids for helping you with the chores around the house or for doing their work on time and tell them how much you love them. Appreciate your friends for being there when you needed them. Appreciate your employees for their hard work and the efforts that they put into a project. Appreciate your boss for his/her support and encouragement. Appreciate your teacher/mentor for guiding your way.

A word of appreciation or a word of thanks would not cost you anything, but it can have a great impact on the people around you. It makes people happy, it encourages them to do more of the good things they are doing, it increases their productivity, it builds their confidence and it contributes to the overall positive energy. But let me warn you, once you start giving this gift whole heartedly you won't feel like stopping it - it can get very addictive.


December 1, 2009

Holiday Seasons and Holiday Shopping

It’s that time of year again. No, not time to spread joy and cheer to your family (it can be that, too), but rather the time of waiting in long lines when it’s freezing outside hoping to get a good deal or the perfect gift. It’s the holiday shopping season. With the holiday shopping season comes the holiday “holy cow it’s freezing cold out here” or the holiday “hey! that person just cut in line” season as well. Of course, one thing people need to remember this time of year is that it’s not about the shopping and spending money (Money? What money?) but rather it’s about spending time with family and looking back at the year that has passed. Of course, retailers and scammers would like you to think otherwise. They’re trying their hardest to get you to part with your hard earned money. What does this mean to you? It means that you have to watch out who you’re buying from and what websites you are giving your personal information to. This is the perfect season for scammers to get your grandparents to give up their personal information (and with it everything in their bank accounts). Of course, this is easily avoided. Most reputable websites will have SSL certificates from a reputable vendor. Being a customer of SoftLayer you are already aware of a (fairly) new service we offer… A short while back SoftLayer began to offer VeriSign and GeoTrust SSL certificates (for more information: Simply making sure that the site you are buying from has a certificate installed like the ones we offer will help ensure that your information isn’t going to some thief hiding in his basement. What’s the moral of this story? (All Holiday stories have a moral…) Stay safe, be careful, and enjoy the holidays!

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