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Thursday, December 4, 2008

How to Appreciate the Holiday Season

With Christmas, Chanukah & Winter Solstice only a few weeks away, I am sure some of you are already stressed about the holiday season. With that in mind, Mike Robbins, a personal development coach and author, has come up with a few tips on how to make this holiday season a little less overwhelming and a lot more enjoyable. So I thought it would be a good time to pass on his wise words of wisdom.

1) Take Responsibility for Our Experience. It’s important that we each remember that the stress we experience during the holiday season does not come from the holidays themselves, but from us. We’re always the creators of our own experience and the more we can remember this and live our lives from this perspective, the more empowered we are.

2) Remember We’re at Choice. We always have a choice about how we engage with anything. This holiday season we can choose to be annoyed by family members, obligations, forced work gatherings, crowds, or anything else. Or, we can choose to enjoy the magic and fun of this time of year.

3) Focus on What We Appreciate About the Holidays. Consciously choose to focus on the things that you appreciate about the holiday season the most. Tell the truth about this to yourself and to those around you. If at all possible, don’t participate in work or family gatherings out of obligation. But, regardless of where you are, what you do, or whom you are with – make a commitment to appreciate what’s happening, the people around you, and the many blessings in your life right now.

Even and especially when things are challenging, we always have so much to be grateful for. At this time of the year, we can take a step back, pat ourselves on the back, breathe deeply, and experience the gratitude we have for our lives, the people in it, and for ourselves. If not now, then when?

1 comment:

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