Creating That Christmas Glow All Year Long
Do you smile every time you walk by a Christmas tree sparkling with ornaments? I do. The festive store decorations this time of year make me happy. How about you? This time of year is my favorite because even scrooges at work seem to be in a good mood. This festive spirit is only going to last a little while longer. What can you do to keep this holiday mood going on a whole lot longer? Here are some ideas.
1. Schedule time for yourself. Ask yourself a question now. What brings you joy? I know for me it’s my weekend exercise. I go swimming. Before getting into the indoor pool at the health club I go to, I sit in the sauna and bake my bones. I’m in the sauna late in the afternoon when most people are gone. As I lay quietly in the sauna, letting my mind go, I am totally content. After I swim, I’m always happy. With a recharged battery, I’m ready for the week. This weekly routine is part of my life. I know what brings me joy so I can put this activity in my schedule. Do you know what brings you joy so you can schedule it in your life?
2. Stop accumulating stuff. How many of you have really organized houses or apartments? I’ll bet not many. I know that it’s the current craze to organize. I’m all for it. What I’m even more for is not accumulating more stuff that you’ll need to organize. How many shoes do you really need anyway? The more stuff you have, the more you need to take the time to organize. If you’re constantly organizing, I’ve got bad news for you. You’re missing the point. If you had less stuff, instead of organizing you’d be reading, relaxing or playing. Even if you enjoy organizing, I’ll bet that what you really enjoy is the feeling you get from finding your stuff quickly after you are organized, not the process of organizing. So the next time you decide to get more stuff, think again.
3. Keep in touch with friends. Who do you think about often? These are special people who are meaningful to you. If you’re not in touch with them, schedule some time to call them and get back in touch. Why? It’s the people who you feel connected to who make you feel good. I still talk with my college freshman roommate who is miles away. We had lost touch several years after college. We now speak quarterly to catch up and every conversation makes me happy. Talking with those people who really care about you is a shot of happiness every time. If you’ve lost touch with someone special, check out Facebook, 411.com or Google them. It’s easier than ever to reconnect with those special people who were in your life.
4. Have an external focus. It’s hard to be happy when all you care about is yourself. I’m not saying to become an instant doormat. What I am suggesting is that instead of only focusing inward, you have an outward focus, too. What can you do for others? Sometimes it’s just simple things. I like to look behind me as I’m entering a public place. Why? I’m looking to see if I need to hold the door for someone else. Yes, I know that women don’t have to hold the door open for others, but why not? If it’s good manners for a man to do it, why isn’t it good manners for a woman, too? I’ll bet guys like not having doors slammed in their face, too. Looking outwards instead of only inwards keeps me balanced and I’m more aware of the many things I’m grateful for.