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For some people, this is one of the most difficult times of year. Some smile & pretend everything is ok when it’s really not. I’ve been there.
People who are in the darkest places may tell you that they’re good when you ask because that’s the socially appropriate answer to “how are you?”, not, “I’m really struggling.”
Amongst the fake smiles & insincere cheer, if you truly care about people, take the extra moment to express it to those you come in contact with in a meaningful way.
Your time, attention, and a listening ear are some of the best gifts you can give to someone and they cost nothing.