3 Mindsets for Enjoying The Festive Season
If you celebrate Christmas, I wanted to wish you a very Merry Christmas.
Wondering how to enjoy your Christmas more? Here are 3 perspectives to keep in mind (even if it isn't what you hoped):
1. Be Open
When we hold rigid expectations about how things "should" go, we’re more likely to end up disappointed. Perhaps your Christmas doesn’t feel like it matches up to those you see on social media, or you’re having to celebrate virtually this year.
By keeping your expectations open, you’ll find you’re able to prevent getting caught in a cycle of comparison or "I wish...". You'll be able to go with the flow and enjoy yourself more - even if it isn’t quite the day you pictured.
2. Be Kind
Studies show that doing an act of kindness is one of the most effective ways to boost your own mood. Kindness also triggers an upward spiral, paving the way to other feel-good feelings like love and gratitude.
By approaching the day from a mindset of giving, you’ll find yourself feeling calmer and more connected. Perhaps you decide to send a gift to a friend who’s alone this Christmas, or to include them via video call.
And if you are spending Christmas alone this year, or find this time of year difficult? Turning your focus to helping others, for example through volunteering, can help you to feel more connected.
3. Be Appreciative
Going into any situation from a mindset of appreciation means you’re focused on finding what’s good. From that perspective, you’re much less likely to get hung up on small irritations, and much more likely to find reasons to smile.
Let the host know how much you appreciate their efforts, and mention to that friend how nice it is that they made time to call. Why not include a note of gratitude on each of your Christmas cards?
Wishing you a joyful journey into the New Year.