Holiday Happiness: Some Final Thoughts Before A New Year

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Well ... it’s almost time to say goodbye to this year and welcome in another New Year – ready or not.

I hope the strategies and tools presented in the first four parts of this Holiday Happiness series have helped you enjoy the holiday season as much as possible by:

  • Putting the season in better perspective, looking at the big picture and helping you to be grateful for what you have;
  • Reducing the stress a bit by creating a “Holiday Happiness Plan” which helped to scheduling your time better, include some rejuvenation time and maintain, or even start, an exercise program to clear your mind and combat the effects of the holiday “feasting”;
  • Changing your rules about the holidays, using transformational vocabulary, and creating memorable “moments”;
  • Considering those people who have it much more difficult than you and I to more fully appreciate how good we really have it and maybe creating a family tradition to establish positive expectations for the holidays.

If you have used some of these strategies, you should have felt a much greater sense of joy and a more positive overall outlook throughout this holiday season.

And even though the holiday season will soon be over, there are still some great ways to reduce stress as we wind down the year and perhaps be better prepared for next year's holiday season. So if you haven’t read the previous issues of the Holiday Happiness series, or you just need to refresh yourself on what they contain, it’s not too late to get something out of them. If that’s the case, just click here to start with Part 1 of the series.

Then, for the next two weeks, use the following strategies every day to reduce stress, stay connected, keep healthy, and maximize fulfillment:

Move:  Keep physically active.  Maintain your exercise program (even though you "don't have time").  And, if you don't exercise regularly, start now.  Make it a New Year's resolution (we'll talk more about New Year's resolutions and goal setting in the next couple of weeks as we enter the New Year).

Be Grateful: Do the "Three Great Things" exercise every night.  If you don't know what this is, click here to find out.  Don't miss it ... becasue counting our blessings everyday is a simple and significant way to practice a healthier outlook on life and buffer stress during the hectic holiday season.

Be Nice:  Practice random acts of kindness.  It's one of the best ways to "feel good", especially during the holiday season, when everyone needs a bit of extra help.

And again, if you haven't read the first 4 parts of this Holiday Happiness series, click here to check them out so you can make the end of the year the best ever.

BeHappy! my friends


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