5 ways to keep the holiday spirit alive all year long

It’s that time of year…

The holidays are almost here.  It’s my favorite time of the year!

Why?

Because it’s a chance to catch up with friends and family and also reflect on the year and be grateful for everything we have.

It seems like the holidays bring out the best in people.  You see it everywhere – in the news, on the streets, online.  People seem to love spreading the holiday spirit!   There’s like this beautiful glow around people during the holidays.  It’s simply beautiful to see so many happy people.

But after the holidays, people seem to revert to their pre-holiday self right after the new year.  Come January, everyone is back at work and going through the daily grind. Does this sound familiar?

What makes the holidays so special and different from the rest of the year? And how can we keep our “holiday glow” all year round?

When I delved into this more, I realized there are 5 things we can carry over from the holidays to our post holiday days.  Try it out and see how much happier you’ll be after the holidays.

1. Stay connected

Holidays are great because we have a chance to spend some quality time with our friends and family.  When else do you get a chance to catch up with all of your loved ones?  After the holidays, make an excuse to do the same.  Maybe host a party or plan an event for your family and friends.  Maybe surprise your family or friends by flying or driving out to see them.  Even taking the time to call someone you care about will bring you and the special someone a little more joy.  Humans are social creatures and connecting with others feeds our spirit.

2. Embrace your giving spirit

During the holidays, there is a focus on giving.  Whether its giving gifts, volunteering, donating money or items, there is a lot of giving going on.  When we give, there is an energy exchange.  People receiving the gift are joyful and so is the giver.  Because in the end, deep down inside of us, we all want to make a difference in the world.  During the year, look for ways you can embrace your giving spirit.  You can volunteer at a homeless shelter.  You can donate food or clothing to those in need.  You can also find fun ways to give back like going on the Do Good Bus (think party bus, but instead of partying you volunteer with a bunch of people). Whatever it is, take time to give back throughout the year.

3. Practice gratitude

Gratitude is everywhere during the holidays.  I mean, Thanksgiving was founded on the idea of giving thanks for the blessings you received in your life.  Why not extend this all year round?  You can start by writing or saying something you are grateful for each morning when you wake up.  Say to yourself, “I am grateful for ________.”  When you practice gratitude, in effect, you are thanking the universe (or higher spirits) for everything that you have.  The more you appreciate what you have, the more will come to you because you aren’t taking things for granted and you aren’t thinking about what you are lacking.  Gratitude gives you abundance.  Being and feeling that abundance makes you happier.  You look for the richness in life!  It’s a wonderful way to uplift your spirits.  You can even download our JOY sheet to use in your practice of gratitude.

4. Take time to indulge yourself

I must admit, sometimes I overindulge during the holidays.  But it’s not always a bad thing.  Why?  Because you are giving yourself permission to live and appreciate life.  I’m not talking about overindulging all the time. But a little extra treat here and there doesn’t hurt.  And it doesn’t have to be food related.  You could take time and go to a spa or call some friends for a pick up game of basketball.  It’s ok to take time for yourself to recharge – whether that is dining on good food or doing something relaxing or hanging out with friends.  Indulge a little every once in awhile throughout the year.

5. Stay balanced in life

Over the last few years, it seems the work life balance has gotten out of whack.  There has been more emphasis on work and less emphasis on life.  Holidays are great because you get to take time off and spend it with people you love.  You can keep this going throughout the year by blocking out your time to do the things you love to do.  And it doesn’t have to be a huge chunk of time either. You could start by blocking out 1 hour in the day or even 30 minutes if an hour seems like too much.  Make sure you do things you enjoy every day so that you aren’t feeling drained each day.

 

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