Tis the season to give and receive.
Send a thank-you note. You know, it’s nice to get a little note thanking you for something you did. You don’t need to send someone a formal thank-you card (although that’s a nice touch), but just a little note (or email) saying thank you for a specific thing the person has done for you can go a long way. And it only takes a minute!
Tip compliments of Zen Habits.
The following tip comes to us from the Intent Blog.
Act On What You Know Will Make You Happy, Even It’s Hard
Putting your happiness first isn’t always easy. It often requires going against what everyone else is doing or thinking. But if you aren’t true to what feels right for you, even if it doesn’t fit the needs and sensibilities of other people — parents, partners and friends included – aren’t you just selling yourself out? You always know what the best action is to take for you, it’s just not always easy. Be committed to your happiness, even when it’s scary, and even when other people don’t like it.
The holidays are all about showing others how special they are to us. Today’s tip of the day comes from Zen Habits.
Give a free hug. OK, only do this when appropriate … but if you have a loved one in your life, give them a hug! Often we can go too long without showing our affection and gratitude, even to those who are closest to us. Don’t neglect this important part of your relationship. By “free” hug, I mean don’t expect anything in return — just give it as a gift of gratitude. If you give a hug to a stranger, be prepared to run very fast afterward.
Keep expectations realistic. Don’t expect the holidays to be perfect or even the same as they were last year. As families change and grow, treasured traditions may need to change, too. Talk with loved ones about which traditions to keep and be open to creating new ones. If, for example, some relatives can’t come to your home, find new ways to celebrate with them across the miles, such as sharing photos and videos or communicating via Skype.
This holiday tip was compliments of Pella Chronicle.
Hold hands with your sweetie. When couples are more affectionate for a month, researchers saw a decrease in their stress hormones and blood pressure and an increase in a hormone that is thought to calm and counter stress.
Feel the Good Juju with the scent of a season favorite.
Peel yourself a clementine When researchers mapped the moods created by certain fragrances, they found the scent of this sweet, juicy fruit more likely to boost joy. Not only will a whiff of one help keep you happy, the vitamin C, calcium, and potassium in it will help keep you healthy too.
Tip compliments of Prevention Magazine.
The following tip comes from Prevention.
Make holiday cards gratitude cards Instead of signing your cards with a generic “Hope all is well,” take time to express to friends and family what they really mean to you. Studies find that showing gratitude increases your own happiness by as much as 25%.