A friend introduced me recently to the wide wonderful world of Geocaching. For those of you unfamiliar with the concept, Geocaching, according to Wikipedia, is: “…an outdoor recreational activity, in which participants use a Global Positioning System (GPS) receiver or mobile device and other navigational techniques to hide and seek containers, called "geocaches" or "caches," anywhere in the world.” And those containers are full of cool stuff, rarely worth much in monetary terms, but worth everything in terms of uniqueness, meaningfulness, and just plain fun.

You get a set of coordinates online, and with your trusty GPS device in hand, off you go on the adventure! You never know what you’ll find, but it’s bound to be interesting and the search itself is exciting.

In other words, a treasure hunt! Updated to suit our technology, with all the fascination inherent to finding treasure.

That’s where the Happy Holidays come in. What if you treated this Holiday season like a Geocache adventure? What if you decided to be on the hunt for treasures of fun, and joy, and appreciation, and gratitude? What if you decided to be on the lookout for smiles, twinkles in people’s eyes, enthusiasm?

And what if your GPS was the smile you offered - to one and all? The genuine, enthusiastic “Oh, it’s sooo good to see you!” to friends and family? The compliment to a stranger, the bigger-than-usual tip to a server, the patience when in a too-long cashier’s line?

I guarantee that if you take on the Holidays with a GPS of happy, joyous, generous giving of self, you will find amazing Geocache treasures of joy and happiness throughout the Season.

Welcome to the Geocache adventure of the Holidays!

Author's Bio: 

Noelle C. Nelson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, relationship expert, popular speaker in the U.S. and abroad, and author of nine best-selling books. Dr. Nelson focuses on how we can all enjoy happy, fulfilling lives while accomplishing great things in love, at home and at work, as we appreciate ourselves, our world and all others. Visit www.noellenelson.com, http://anotefromdrnoelle.blogspot.com.