They say a good host makes their guests feel special. We say a good guest makes their host feel special. The art of making a stay in someone else’s home a success is definitely a two-way street, but there’s a little more weight on the guest to make it a success. After all, you’re occupying someone else’s space and disrupting their usual routines for a certain period of time.
Often, when we’re a guest in someone else’s home, we view it as a vacation from our usual household responsibilities. Most hosts encourage their house guests to relax and not lift a finger, make themselves at home, but there are a few off-the-radar matters you can tend to that will make your host feel really great about you being there. These tips apply even in your own parents’ home. They’ll feel good seeing proof they raised a good human. Your household duties don’t stop once you cross the threshold and become a “guest.”
As you can see, it doesn’t take much to make the holidays more pleasant for your hosts. It’s simply a matter of being more mindful and outward-focused which is what we should all strive for at Christmas and all year long.
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