How To Find Happiness During The Holidays
Written by: Kavata Kithome
The holidays are officially here! It’s supposed to be the “most wonderful time of the year,” filled with love, joy and happiness for all that we are blessed with and grateful for.
Yet, you may find yourself not feeling this way.
Instead, most of the season may be you pushing yourself physically, emotionally and chemically while you do your very best to get everything done – that ever-growing list of things that need to get checked off, from work, travel, changes in diet and, well, everything else associated with the holidays. It’s easy to neglect your self-care by not taking time to reflect, meditate and exercise gratitude.
With so much consuming you and your time, it can be hard to cut through the madness and truly experience the reason for the season. How do you obtain the joy and happiness meant to come from this time of the year?
Here are 3 things you can do to absolutely transform your holidays and bring a deeper sense of fulfillment and blessings this season is to bring.
1. Focus On The Now
You spend a great deal of time either focusing on the future or agonizing over the past. As a result, you are in survival mode, which leads to anxiety. This state is definitely the opposite of happiness. As you know, anxiety creates more tension and leads to greater state of survival. In this state, how can you see what there is for to truly be grateful for?
Break the cycle by simply breathing. Breathing can significantly affect your overall being. When breathing deeply, you increase your mindfulness, which resonates through your entire physiology and a space opens up for you to be in the present moment, which leads to a greater sense of ease.
It is from this space that you can clearly see your blessings and, more importantly, actually experience them.
2. Make Gratitude A Priority
Those who practice gratitude tend to be healthier and more optimistic and are more likely to make progress towards achieving personal goals that further increase their overall happiness.
So, practice gratitude. Take the time every day to keep a gratitude journal – make a list every night before bed and review it each morning upon awaking. By doing this, you can begin to see blessings even in challenging times.
With a change in perception, your physiology can shift from survival mode to a feeling of ease, greater depth, meaning and fulfillment. From this state, the true meaning of the holidays can be experienced.
3. Practice Kindness
Giving back and helping others can positively affect your happiness. Altruism of any kind – such as helping a friend, volunteering time, donating used items or money, listening to others, sharing kind words or even a smile – can contribute to a larger state of peace and happiness.
To make things better, the health benefits associated with helping others rival and exceed those gained from exercising or quitting smoking.
Find a way to practice kindness; one of the most powerful ways to achieve joy and happiness is by helping others achieve the same.
This year, make it a point to focus on the NOW, make gratitude a priority and practicing kindness; it could make all the difference for you and others around you this beautiful holiday season.
Kavata Kithome is an advocate for living your best life, full of health and longevity. While working closely with gym owners and personal trainers, she was able to sculpt a well-rounded view of fitness and understands how to incorporate it with a healthy balanced diet. She is a regular contributor to the One More Step Lifestyle brand.
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