The Five Best Christmas Gifts

best Christmas giftsAs we con­tin­ue to busy our­selves with shop­ping for the best presents, it’s inevitable to lose sight of the best Christ­mas gifts. They may be free,  can­not be wrapped and put under the tree, but they are more pre­cious and are guar­an­teed to be much more appreciated.

Top 1: Patience

How many times have we lost our patience with the ones we love over lit­tle things? It’s inter­est­ing how we react vehe­ment­ly to sto­ries of peo­ple who have lost their patience, but how many times have we respond­ed sim­i­lar­ly to even lit­tler things? How many times have we raised our voice at our fam­i­ly because things weren’t going our way? This hol­i­day sea­son, try to be more patient. Things can still go your way if you wait or ask nicely.

Top 2: Time

best Christmas giftsIt’s easy to be caught up in the bus­tle of the fes­tiv­i­ties and end-of-year work projects, but make sure to spend time with the peo­ple who tru­ly mat­ter to you. I’m not talk­ing about par­ty­ing and get­ting drunk, I’m talk­ing about a time to talk and lis­ten. (Get­ting drunk or eat­ing a lot are just a bonus.) If you can, meet up for a meal or cof­fee, or if gazil­lion miles stand between you and your loved ones, you always have tech­nol­o­gy to rely on.

Top 3: Understanding

Now if friends or fam­i­ly bail out on you last minute and say that they can’t meet up with you this sil­ly sea­son, relax — there’s no dead­line for this. You can still meet up in the new year. Los­ing your tem­per and burn­ing bridges over issues this like is an effec­tive way to make the sea­son less merrier.

Top 4: Charity

best Christmas giftsExchang­ing gifts with peo­ple we love is mar­vel­lous, but let’s not for­get the less for­tu­nate ones who deserve to expe­ri­ence the joy of Christ­mas, too. Give to char­i­ta­ble insti­tu­tions, join or organ­ise one Christ­mas out­reach pro­gram your­self, vis­it the sick, elder­ly or orphans and remem­ber them in your prayers.

Top 5: Something healthy

best Christmas giftsAlas, we have once again found an excuse to eat (every­thing) and drink (every­thing) to our heart’s con­tent, so some form of healthy present will cer­tain­ly be cher­ished. Your gift this Christ­mas will be the lead your loved ones need to get back on the well­ness horse with ease.

best Christmas giftHope this list helps. You can­not wrap most of what’s on this list, but these are far more impor­tant than any of the presents you can pur­chase in the shops. Hope you’re hav­ing the mer­ri­est of Christ­mases! Cheers!

Top 5 Small Talk Topics

small talkIt’s Mon­day again, and there’s a chance you’ll bump into your boss on your way to work, share a lift with him or her, or queue up to buy cof­fee along­side him or her. If you’re friends with your boss, it isn’t prob­lem. How­ev­er, if your rela­tion­ship with your boss is one that’s extreme­ly hier­ar­chi­cal, the thought of being with­in a metre from him or her is extreme­ly uncom­fort­able and daunt­ing. The key is to go to work loaded with small talk topics.

Small talk topic 1: Weekend activities

small talkAfter the usu­al pleas­antries, you can launch the ques­tion “How was your week­end?”. Make sure you have an answer to this your­self because if your boss isn’t in the mood to share about his or her week­end, then you’ll have to do most of the talk­ing. Remem­ber that the week­end activ­i­ties don’t need to be excit­ing or inter­est­ing. As long as you can remem­ber what you did and hope­ful­ly be able to cite a high­light, you should be okay.

Small talk topic 2: Weather

It’s great if you live in Mel­bourne as this is a fan­tas­tic talk­ing point in this city. Don’t wor­ry, though, as talk­ing about the weath­er is a sav­ing top­ic any­where in the world. Hot, cold, just right, cool, warm, change­able, freez­ing, windy, snow­ing, rain­ing, name it. You can talk about the cur­rent weath­er, the weath­er over the week­end and the effects on your life, or the weath­er forecast.

Small talk topic 3: Traffic
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In a city where the flow of traf­fic affects people’s lives, this can be a good top­ic for small talk. You can also talk about road­works, acci­dents, or track works as this can affect the increase in vehi­cles on the roads, too.

Small talk topic 4: Children

If you’re ready to share a bit of your life, you can talk about your chil­dren. This works extreme­ly well if your boss has a child as well. A bit of infor­ma­tion from your end can be used a spring­board to push your boss to talk about his or her kids. With a bit of encour­age­ment, all you’ll need to do is ask what, where, when, why, who and why in response to every bit of sto­ry, and you’re off the hook.

small talkSmall talk top­ic 5: Pets

If your boss has a pet, ask about it. You can steer the con­ver­sa­tion to this sub­ject by men­tion­ing about your pet, a friend’s pet or an imag­i­nary pet. If your boss is a pri­vate per­son and not every­one knows about his or her pet, don’t just men­tion it out of the blue as this might creep him or her out.

Take a deep breath. There’s only a 50% chance you’ll be in this awk­ward sit­u­a­tion with your boss, and if ever the oth­er 50% emerged vic­to­ri­ous, with these five small talk top­ics up your sleeve, you’ll be alright.