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Yes, you

Today is a holiday that I’m pretty sure Hallmark didn’t invent.  There are no cards or e-cards to send.  The banks are open.  The mail is scheduled to arrive.

But it sounds like a fun one to celebrate, nonetheless.

Today is ‘National I Want YOU to Be Happy Day,’ the most unselfish holiday of the year.

The goal?  Think about little things you can do to make other people happy.

Smile at passersby on the street.  Pay a compliment.  Do a small favor.  Buy a surprise lunch for a friend or co-worker.

Yes, those would all make me happy.

But I have to admit…when I hear the phrase “I want you to be happy,” it sounds more like a blanket acceptance of the choices a person has made —  a promise to no longer judge a person’s lifestyle just because it is different from my own.

Ya know — that would probably make people even more happy.

Perhaps we should all give that a whirl today, too.

Little changes

As you prepare to celebrate Christmas, make your list, check it twice…

How many cards did you get this year?

Slate.com has predicted that 2010 ‘will do down as the year the Christmas card lay dying’…and they pretty clearly point the finger at Facebook as its snail mail killer.

I am a sender of Christmas cards.  I send a lot of them…in the neighborhood of 150 each year.  And like Slate, I thought this might be the year that my returns would be more in the 30 percent range.

Not so.

That bright red glass bowl on my foyer table where I collect all my holiday cards was near to overflowing four days before Christmas.  And when I return home after my holiday sojourn, I fully expect to add another 10-15 to the mix.

Even though I communicate with many of the people on my list on Facebook every week, they still maintained the long-standing tradition of sending cards at Christmas time.

I appreciate the time they took.  I liked receiving them.  It’s tradition…and one I’d personally like to keep.

But what has Facebook killed?

  • Holiday letters. I read the status updates from those same friends on a daily basis.  A long-winded, highly-detailed letter in teeny-tiny font would be redundant (and probably only skimmed — no offense).
  • Birthday cards.  A cheery birthday greeting on Facebook has replaced much of my birthday card sending — e-card sending, too.  It has the added advantage of being a group experience, too.
  • Phone calls.  If I need to ask a quick question, I sometimes send a message to people who I know are on their computers and can more quickly and easily respond via Facebook.

But for all the ‘deaths’ that can be attributed to Facebook this year alone, the more frequent and enhanced communication I have enjoyed there with friends and family near and far?

Well, that makes us even in my book.

Soon, I promise

Change is good.  I preach it; I teach it.

So why can’t I change my email address?

I am old enough to remember not having an email address at all.  When I was at Hallmark Cards in the early to mid-1990’s,  working on the first iterations of Hallmark.com and e-cards, the company didn’t even have email addresses for their employees yet.

That’s when I got my very first one through America Online…the email address I continue to use this very day.

Sure, I’ve had others…through different employers, for different interests. But my main email address, the one I give folks for my primary correspondence, is that AOL address I signed up for way back in 1995.

That’s one of the reasons I haven’t changed it – so many people from my past know it.  I’ve lived and worked in three different cities, with numerous individuals and companies since I became email-literate.  If I change that address, some might lose their only link to me.

But I also recognize that an AOL email address makes me look as dated and old as AOL itself.  Now that I have my own website, I should transition everyone over to an  email address branded with my name — not with some Internet dinosaur.

But change is hard.  I mean…

Change is good.