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Cutting Back Your Holiday Card Mailing List? What A Golden Opportunity For The Rest Of Us

For years I have been sending by First Class US mail, hard copy (paper) greeting cards to family, friends, and clients. Now I worry my annual holidays mailing implies recipients should send me a card too. It costs about 50 cents to send one regular size paper greeting card priced 2 to 3 dollars. That's too much to ask.

I have decided to cut my holiday greeting card list by 2/3rds.

Time, tides, and culture change. Even though 1.6 billion greeting cards were expected to be sent in 2012, total US mail volume is way down. Video and e-cards and not mailing cards are becoming more common. Looking at our in-coming holiday mail, I see others are opting out too. I understand.

After years of taking my Father's lead (He sent out 500+ holiday cards every year). I will send fewer paper cards. It's tough for me. My Dad, in the early 1940s, with Mr. Joyce Hall, Hallmark Cards' founder, formed the National Association of Greeting Card Publishers in New York City. It's now the Greeting Card Association, Washington, DC.

You will find far less competition for attention when you use this under-used and classy marketing tool to differentiate you, your "brand", your good name.

End of an era for holiday card mailings, but not the end of mailing personalized communications via USPS. I see it as a golden opportunity to dominate the First Class stamp marketing medium. Former snail-mail has never been better in delivering first class mail safely, accurately, on time, with a smile. Talk to your carrier. She'll confirm what I am saying.

Every chance I get, I will seize the opportunity to send out handwritten notes on best affordable paper stock. Handwritten notes are personalized gifts says "gifted" author, Margaret Shepherd in her mini-book The Art of The Handwritten Note - A Guide To Reclaiming Civilized Communications. Her book rawks.

When you receive paper mail at home or at your workplace, which piece do you open first? My hunch it's the one a) Hand addressed, b) Has real First Class Postage Stamp, and c) The paper stock has a quality feel to it, inspiring you to open it first.

When was the last time you wrote and mailed a hand-written note?

Sure it can be a birthday or get-well greeting. The winner, though, is a personally hand-written note. When you a receive personalized note, a) You won't soon forget it, especially if b) The sender is someone you respect, admire, or love and if c) It arrives at special time in your life.

TIP - Try not to start thank-you notes with the words "Thank You". Everyone does that. Try beginning with the word "you" or "your". "You made it happen, etc".

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How to Be Happy Without a Friend

It is possible to agree that everyone needs at least one friend in their lives. Friends are people who support you, lend great opportunities, and spend good and bad times along with you until the very end. However, it is also possible where there is a gap in life which makes you lack friends. Due to departures, friends can get separated from you for their own reasons. These days, though, the use of technology has improved and solved this main problem we have in the society. The communication between friends seems to become simpler with the use of social network sites and programs which allow users to chat or call to one another with just an internet connection. For some people, the matter that friends come and go is considered normal. However, the temporary lack of friends, or in some cases, the farewell between friends can become a big impact in life.

Dealing with Emotions

The mind serves as the main control of the entire human body. The brain controls human behaviors and emotions according to the influences from the environment. Therefore, if you are capable of controlling your emotions, you can as well control your perspectives. Sadness, fear, and disappointment will result in negative thoughts and overflowing emotions in people who are not being able to control their feelings and emotions. When a friend has to leave for a college located far away from your neighborhood, don't let your sadness and the fear of loss stop them. Deal with your own personal emotions and let go for their own good. Slowly consider the reasons of their departure before letting your emotions guide how you feel and act. If a friend moves away for their own good, learn to be happy with them as you can always communicate with each other with the use of technology.

Enjoy Yourself

Being alone isn't a bad matter really. The ability to enjoy your own company makes you an independent person. Working alone, reading alone, and eating lunch alone can further make you into a responsible person as you are required to clean your own mess, do your own job, and finish your own deeds. The efficiency of concentration upon a subject will also be improved when being alone. Just as a person sings solo live, you can as well do things as a solo. By doing things all by yourself and being capable of performing solo activities, higher opportunities may be granted.

Look at Yourself More

When your friends are no longer around, you have more time to groom and look clearly at yourself. Without friends, there are a few to none beings that are brave and trustworthy enough to tell you when your hair is flipped over or even when milk messes up your lips. Their leave may have tapped your back a little, giving you a sign that improvement on self appearance and awareness is needed. Leaving to the bus station with your untied shoelaces may cause you to trip yourself over and that's a big embarrassment. With more time alone, look at the mirror before you take your leave and check if everything is alright. Be more independent and confident when you know friends are gone. Learn to cope with your own problems and adapt to specific situations on your own. Once you are capable of doing so, you will be confident and happy all by yourself and even towards others who are around.

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