So many things mark the beginning of the holiday season. Parades. Parties. Snow. Food. The beginning of the final month of the year. Many of us will be looking forward to celebrating this special time of year with our loved ones and we are now on the hunt for the perfect gift to demonstrate how much they mean to us.
We hope that you will consider giving yourself a GIFT this following season. This is Part One of a Four Part series. Enjoy!
The GIFT of the Holiday Season: Part 1 of 4
We hope you will put a healthy dose of Gratitude in your Santa sack this holiday season. The act of gratitude can have a life-changing impact. When you feel frustrated or fearful, taking on a perspective of gratefulness can open your mind to all that you have vs. the few things that are not going your way. Try the ritual of identifying 3 things you are grateful for every morning when you wake up. The approach to your day will change dramatically.
The holiday season can become a materialistic nightmare pretty quickly. We can get caught up in having more and we can feel driven to spend beyond what is truly wise – even tricking ourselves to think it is okay because it is for another person.
Less is more. Great clarity can be found by taking stock of what you have. You can easily identify the difference between what you need vs. what you want.
Gratitude is also a way of life that can be contagious. Be generous with your smile and a hello. Hold the door for someone instead of holding your cell phone. Not only will you feel good in doing these kind acts, but you might just change the day of another person.
Want to unleash some GRATITUDE in your holiday season?
- Try a reverse advent calendar… every day look for an item of clothing or something in your home that is in good repair but you never use. Send to a local second hand store for resale. One man’s junk is another man’s treasure.
- Start a gratitude practice… think of 3 things you are grateful each day. Write it in a journal or make it a family activity when you sit down to dinner.
- Buy smart… talk to your family and friends about changing up your gift-giving practices. Do an tree ornament exchange. Give to a charity rather than each other. Set a budget and stick to it. Attend a concert or event together rather than buying a gift for one another.
- Clean out a closet or two. 9 times out of 10 you will have more than you realized.