As a happiness blogger I feel like it’s my duty (and privilege!) to help you choose positivity during the holidays. Because I love you all so much I’ve planned a four part series to help you choose giddiness this holiday season. The first weekly installment is all about designing your giddy holiday!
With November now here many people will start to buy goods for Thanksgiving dinner and maybe even plan Christmas shopping trips. Some may even let their reality of this time of year sink in. Unknowingly bowing to overextension, physical/mental stress, financial worry or family bewilderment. I know, I feel like Debbie Downer bringing this up but it’s true! So, yes maybe a little WAH WAHHHHHHH but I promise it is warranted.
Part one the official holiday positivity plan requires you to decide what is truly important to you. This is to avoid overextension, a bloated calendar and most importantly, to give you power to say ‘no’, or maybe put the spotlight on someone else.
Design Your Giddy Holiday
Discover Your Zest
As mentioned above, the holidays can be an emotionally loaded time. Take out a sheet or paper or open the note app on your phone and write down the first few words that come to mind when you think of this time of year. Write down what fulfills your holiday dream! What are the feelings behind those choice terms? Every decision you have control over should fuel back to these words. Keep those powerful words, the expressions with the feelings behind them that inspire you close at hand. Reminders for your reason for season! This exercise can be super fun with kids as well.
Set a Giving Goal
Taking the focus off of yourself is most rewarding during the holidays. Everyone is so busy it’s easy to become overwhelmed, lend a helping hand! Shine a light on a friend or family member in need, or perhaps a total stranger. Volunteer to babysit for a busy mom friend so she can run errands, tag along with your grandmother to grocery shop for a festive meal, or volunteer at a soup kitchen. The giving possibilities are endless!
To Party or Not To Party?
The holiday events will start to add up soon, wait until the end of November to RSVP. This way you will have most of the invitations in hand and you can decide which events are more important to attend. Don’t say ‘yes’ as the opportunities present themselves to avoid double booking yourself or accepting invitations to too many events in a single week or weekend.