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INCREASE YOUR HAPPINESS THIS HOLIDAY SEASON



Holidays are Here! Take a deep breath and dive right in. It's time to increase the fun, family, and happiness meter that we've been rocking on all year. Good and healthy food keeps us energized and pumped for the next party. Sweet treats and boozy cocktails to give the extra ee in weeeeee.


There are so many distractions that take our attention away from the things that matter. These distractions keep us from thinking clearly and staying focused on what matters most to us. It doesn't have to be this way. In fact, you can use some tricks and tips to help you break out of this trap in ways that will make you happier than you ever thought possible.

If you are looking to have a little fun and be more relaxed during this hectic holiday season, you'll find tips in this blog that can help make your days brighter.


What to Expect This Holiday Season


One way I have fun this season is by switching the way I think about my holiday traditions and plans. I'm not talking about snowflake rethinking (that actually has little to do with happiness), but a different way of thinking that increases and creates joy for the people around me for the holidays and beyond!


While most of us look forward to spending time with loved ones and spreading cheer and good times, we sometimes forget to take care of ourselves. Holidays can be stressful and overwhelming. In this blog post, I'll share practical ways you can use holiday celebrations as opportunities to strengthen bonds with those who matter most to you while also increasing your overall sense of happiness. After all, increasing your happiness is a wise thing to do at any time - but there's no better time to give it a boost than the holidays!


As we continue to celebrate the holidays, let's take time to focus on what we appreciate in our lives. We've all heard the phrase, “Be present at the moment”. Today, I'd like to encourage you to take it a step further and ask yourself: What am I doing that makes me happy? What brings me joy? If you can't answer these questions simply and swiftly, then it's time for some transformative thinking.




MAKE CONNECTIONS

This is the time of year when we all have more opportunities to connect with our friends and family than ever before. Whether you're at a holiday party, volunteering, or just heading out to a bar for drinks with friends, it's easy to feel like you're losing yourself in the crowd. Make sure you take the time to connect with people one-on-one so that you don't forget what makes you who you are. Be present in those conversations, and make sure they're meaningful—it's easy to get caught up in holiday stress, but remember: this is an opportunity to connect with people who matter most to you!


TAKE TIME TO GIVE TO OTHERS

Giving isn't just about spending money. It's about spending your time and energy on other people. So this holiday season, take a little bit of time out of your day to think about how you can give back to those around you. Take time to give to others. Whether it's a trip to the grocery store, a visit with family and friends, or even just giving someone a ride across town, taking time out of your holiday schedule to help others will increase your happiness.


KEEP A GRATITUDE JOURNAL OR A GRATITUDE LIST

One of the most important things you can do this holiday season is to keep a gratitude journal or list. When we write down what we're grateful for, we remind ourselves that life is good—even if everything isn't perfect. Try keeping a gratitude journal or list with you at all times, and write down your blessings every day. You'll be amazed at how being mindful of what's going right in your life can help you feel happier and more content overall!


RELEASE EXPECTATIONS AND ENJOY THE MOMENT

This holiday season, release your expectations and enjoy the moment. Expectations set you up for disappointment, so don't get your hopes up about how you want things to go and just focus on enjoying the moment. Have realistic expectations about how much time you will spend with each person in your life this season. You can't have an equal amount of time with everyone, so decide who is most important to you and make sure they get their fair share of quality time with you during this busy season!


KNOW YOUR LIMITS

If you don't know your limits, you're bound to overdo it. This holiday season, take a moment to think about how much you can handle. Are you going to be driving around all day running errands? Or will you be at home, waiting for everyone else to come home? Are you planning on having a party or just going out for dinner with your family? Get clear on what your schedule looks like and make sure that any expectations are realistic. It's also important to consider how much time you want to spend with other people this holiday season. Do you want to spend it all at home with just your family? Or do you want to go out and celebrate with friends and acquaintances? Whatever your answer is, make sure it's realistic so that when the holidays roll around, there won't be any surprises that throw off your plans.


If you're feeling stressed out, remember you're not alone. Stress is a normal response to the holidays. But that doesn't mean you have to let it get the best of you! Here are six ways to stay positive and enjoy the holiday season:


Even though you may be more stressed out than usual, there are ways to foster a more positive mindset and enjoy all the season has to offer!

Here’s how:

Start a gratitude journal. It’s been proven that jotting down things you’re grateful for can increase your sense of gratitude and improve your sense of well-being. Try writing down three things, however small, every day or make a list of your hardest days.


Fund humor in situations. Open yourself up to finding humor in everyday things, even the difficult ones. Laughing has many benefits including lowering feelings of stress, anxiety and depression. It helps lighten the mood!

Begin your day on a positive note. Give yourself a compliment, or compliment someone else. Listen to a positive song or podcast. Or better yet get your sweat on and join me for a dance cardio exercise. Learn more about it in my previous blog Introduction to Dance Cardio.

Focus on the present instead of dwelling on past experiences. If you notice your thoughts drifting off to past negative experiences, focus on the present. Focus on your senses; what do you feel? Smell? hear? This will bring you back to the present.

Actively seek out those people in your life that have a positive mindset. Some people are more negative than others, and if you’re spending most of your time with friends that have a negative outlook on everything, you’re likely to pick up on their negativity.

Practice self-care. Make sure to set aside some time for yourself and focus on your own well-being. Go to the gym and work out, take a bath, and go for a walk. Do something for yourself despite how small it may be!


While things may be a little more hectic this year, there are still a few simple solutions to help you get through the holiday season. It won't be easy, but it is possible. Depending on your point of view, the rest of the year could be looking pretty bright.


This year, think about what you would like to do in order to find happiness in the holiday season. Even one small thing that's important to you can make a big difference for your mood. Sure, there will still be plenty of stressful moments, but these tips can help you stay upbeat and enjoy the holidays too.


What is the point of all this? Well, just as health is important to your body and happiness is important to your mind, cultivating a sense of purpose and direction in life has a massive effect on your sense of fulfilment and satisfaction with life as a whole.


I hope these tips inspire you to enjoy the Holidays. And remember, if the season is ever taking a toll on your happiness, please don't hesitate to reach out for help @Fearless Revolution.


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