Avoid Holiday Stress with Balance
For many, the holidays are often a time of high stress. There are so many places to be, so many people to see, our perspective can become negative without the balance of our own values and others. This holiday is not about what things we need to buy. Avoid losing sight of what the holiday season really means. The holidays are about connecting to those most relative to us and empowering them (and empowering others) to be happy. How best can we go about this? We must have balance in this stressful time of year!
Focus on Values
The first step to enjoying the holidays is to focus on your personal values; your health, family, love, honesty, and integrity, among others. How you plan to incorporate your personal values into the holidays is extremely important. If your plans are not aligned with these personal values, we need to go back and align them or else we are already building on an unstable foundation to holiday happiness. If you realize that a holiday activity is not aligned with your personal values, try your best to avoid it. Next, think about experiential values that you have had before and the experiences you’d like to have during these holidays. A good question to ask yourself is what holiday traditions make you, your family, and others the happiest? Take time to narrow down your experiential wish list and try to execute on it the best as possible.
Clarity Makes Great Giving
Once you to take the time to figure out your plans, it will be much easier to accomplish them and be happy. This season is a season of giving so it makes sense to get clarity and focus on what your giving values are as well. Giving not only makes you happy but makes others happy as well. When trying to find a gift to give, think about the person’s personal, experiential, giving, and receiving values are.
Make Everyone Happy
People love giving gifts. Giving a thoughtful gift increases serotonin in your brain and makes you feel good. It also increases serotonin in the brain of the person receiving the gift. Most importantly, serotonin is released in the brain of anyone who witnesses that act of giving. The benefits to serving others extend past those who we serve! This is why we must have clarity, balance, and focus on giving and receiving if we want to empower others to be happy during this holiday season.
By: David Meltzer