…BUT we all know someone who could care less about the “JOY” of holiday season. They want no part of the celebration. Dreading every carol, every present, all the shows of beautiful lights, and parties without end, they make everyone else miserable! PLEASE don’t allow that friend (or yourself?) to GRINCH through the holidays. TAKE CHARGE of the negativity (at this moment, some of you might say reality?), and change your frustration to a cause for celebration! Here’s HOW!
Live in the present (not the presents) …each day, hour, & minute of your time, actually LOOK for the little things that make you happy. You meet an old friend unexpectedly at a party, and talk together as if you’d never been apart. You pick up a crying child needing comfort, and delight in the music of her laughter when you make a silly face or noise. You go home to adoring dogs, cats, or children and they act like absolute idiots just because you’re with them again.
Make time in your busy day to write, email, or text your best friends, and tell them how much they mean to you. It is AMAZING how really GOOD all these little things make you FEEL. Share those feelings the next encounter you have, and realize how much better it turns out.
Start paying attention to small things that make you FEEL happy. Recreate those situations on a regular basis. Just being outside on a beautiful day can lift my mood and spirits. Now let’s define that beautiful day—for some, quiet snowfall; others, a colorful sunset or sunrise. I take even more joy in the ground moving beneath my feet, no matter what the weather or time. My mom accused my dad of “making up” a reason to be outside, if he didn’t have one. Maybe it’s genetic? I only know it works for me!
My favorite music can take me out of a deep funk, and give me energy enough for two people. Movement to that music will take me to an even more vibrant feeling! Ask yourself what really fires your innermost joy. Use that feeling!
NOW the big picture…Remember or rethink the things that make you happy., if necessary, as of this moment, give yourself permission to go through a complete and total metamorphosis. Let the winner that is inside of you break through. You’ll be amazed that the person who was just there a moment ago has been replaced by a stronger willed, happier person. This person revels in the power to recognize the beautiful, acknowledge the brilliant, and learn from both.
JOY is defined as the emotion of great delight or happiness caused by something exceptionally good or satisfying. Keep looking for those exceptionally good things in your life, creating them when you can, and you will achieve that keen satisfaction!
NO ROOM FOR EVEN A little BAH HUMBUG!
“This is the true joy in life, the being used for a purpose recognized by yourself as a mighty one; the being thoroughly worn out before you are thrown on the scrap heap; the being a force of Nature instead of a feverish selfish little clod of ailments and grievances complaining that the world will not devote itself to making you happy.”
George Bernard Shaw, Man and Superman, Epistle Dedicatory
Irish dramatist & socialist (1856 - 1950)
Linda Cook BS, CPT, CMES 937-369-7363 cell 937-748-9905 office email@example.com