1) Let people merge in traffic. Even if it means you miss the traffic light change. Unless you are bleeding or performing surgery, your day will not be remarkably altered.
2) When people are serving you smile, make eye contact, call them by name if they are wearing a badge or tell it to you. Ask them how they are doing. Acknowledge how hard they are working and how busy they are. Put down your damn phone when talking to them. Say please and thank you. Generally acknowledge their human presence.
3) Ask for a service individual's boss and compliment their customer service.
4) If you have a great coworker, send them an email thanking them for their good work with specific examples. Copy their boss. A staff member told me last month that an email I sent her doing so kept her from resigning.
5) Compliment people. Their great shoes, hat, earrings. Knowing you are recognized positively is worth more than you realize.
6) Provide tangibles. If you can't afford to bring someone a coffee, can you bring them homemade cookies? Write them a note?
7) Slow down. Breathe. Drink hot chocolate. Watch a movie. Wear fuzzy socks. It isn't a race you can win, so stop running.
8) Do this all year, not just during the holidays.
9) Make this list viral, I want a kindhearted, connected, low stress holiday season. Let's turn this ship around starting now.
10) Then go take a nap.