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Holiday Happiness: 8 Things To Do Today

Holiday Happiness: 8 Things To Do Today

Happy people do things to increase their level of happiness, and these things are always worth revisiting around the holidays. Why now? Because these happiness habits can help us through the turbulence that swirls around the holidays.

8 Things That Lead To Holiday Happiness (adapted from The How of Happiness)

1. Express Gratitude – Gratitude is an expression of appreciation. When you appreciate what you have, what you have appreciates in value.

2. Cultivate Optimism – People with winning attitudes create their own form of optimism. Optimistic people approach the world as a place packed with endless opportunities. This reserve can be especially useful during holiday stress.

3. Practice Acts of Kindness – Performing acts of kindness releases serotonin. Serotonin is a chemical in your brain that has huge health benefits. Being selfless and helping others makes us feel good.

4. Nurture Social Relationships – The happiest people have deep, meaningful relationships. Staying connected to friends during the holidays can ward off loneliness.

5. Develop Strategies for Coping – Bad stuff happens. It’s how you cope with stress that can provide a personal outcome of happiness.

6. Commit To Goals – Being wholeheartedly dedicated to creating a goal and following through with it is an incredibly strong force that makes us feel good.

7. Take Care of Your Body – This is almost a no-brainer. But, it can’t be discounted that physical energy affects emotional health, mental energy, and your brain.

8. Savor Life’s Joys – Slow down, enjoy the magic of the season. It is often the simple things that can bring us the most rewards. Can you do nothing? Take the test and find out.

Happy people do these 8 things. Do you?

Happy Holidays!

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Ronnie Citron-Fink

Ronnie Citron-Fink is a writer, editor and educator. She has written hundreds of articles about sustainable living, the environment, design, and family life for websites, books and magazines. Ronnie is the creator of Econesting, and the managing editor of Moms Clean Air Force. Ronnie was named one of the Top Ten Living Green Experts by Yahoo. Ronnie lives in New York with her family.


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12:24AM PST on Dec 13, 2013

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8:41AM PDT on Oct 25, 2012

Thanks for posting

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4:28AM PST on Dec 25, 2011

Great reminders. Thanks.

1:34PM PST on Dec 23, 2011

A wonderful reminder especially during the Holiday season. Merry Christmas everyone:)

12:47PM PST on Dec 22, 2011

Thanks for the article.

9:02PM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Good thoughts, thanks!

2:28AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

An excellent reminder to remember the basics. When you catch yourself feeling a negative vibe, counter it with 2 good thoughts! It takes work to reverse the darkness, but it does work.

2:12AM PST on Dec 21, 2011

Thank you

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