Step 0.5: Do your workout before any shopping, wring any restless energy right out!
And don't leave the house starving, eat something healthy lest you be tempted by whatever's up for offer to those in a hurry!
Step 1: Don’t even go out into a mall if you don’t have to; online shopping can be glorious. Remember there can be lots of extra packaging to ship certain items, so when it comes to those few items you can get all in one go, make that trip, but for the harder to acquire items this may be the best way to go about it.
Step 2: Accept that this crowd business is your predicament, and choose to make the best of this experience! You may want to make a list of a few reasons you’re lucky to be able to have this experience. Like that we live in abundance and that this annual dance of chaos wouldn’t be if we weren’t so lucky. It will help you more easily accept those who aren’t making the best of the experience and don’t have a “lucky to be here” list (I guarantee you you’ll be the only one with one of those!).
Step 3: Why are you going to the mall or big box? You’re not right?! Almost everything you need can be found at an independent retailer and you’ll be supporting someone locally. Your local big box will likely never know your name (or care when they inevitably take your info for the extended warranty), nor will they appreciate your patronage, or offer you an expert opinion on say quality so that you don’t buy this season’s lemon. They’ll probably be easier to get to just based on parking time alone, and there won’t be the same crowds to wade through and line up with. You might actually enjoy the experience, feel good about putting your dollar into the local economy, look forward to shopping there again, and love giving a gift you were sold based on passion for the product or service, instead of a someone’s whim as they half listen to what you need while serving 4 other people.
Step 4: You have to go to the mall or big box? Take a list, know your stores, get in, get out, be as courteous to those around you as you hope they’d be to you. Silly as it seems it makes this experience at least a hundred times better. Just be kind and smile, remember that someone selling you and 4 other people stuff is working their butt off and probably stressed the heck out. You’ll a) get the best service of the day from someone spread too thin, and b) you’ll feel good for not being miserable in a sea of it seeking more company. FACT: we can feel way better (or worse) just via use of body language that communicates happiness. Pair that with giving someone the gift of kindness and you’ll be strutting through that mall wondering why the heck everyone seems so out of sorts.
I know what you're thinking, and yes, that advice is totally “cheesy”! Here where I'm at: I’ll be cheesy and happy any day. You are welcome to “cool misery”, “badass angst” and “suave belligerence” if you like, but I’ll take my cheese extra gooey (and you’re always welcome to join me) because I'm rockin' happy like a new pair of hot boots!
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