It's no joke; the antidote for depression is gratitude. Remember the small things and be grateful for them. The Holiday season isn't just about receiving it's also about giving. Studies show that people feel good when they volunteer for those that are less fortunate. I challenge you to pick one non-profit to volunteer for during the holiday season. Make sure to include your family and friends. Here are five tips to help you practice gratitude during the Holidays:
- Focus on what you do have. Stop comparing yourself to others. This will only make you feel bad. Remember, there is always someone with more and always someone with less. Be thankful for having a roof over your head, regardless of how big or small it is.
- Help others. This will help you shift your focus. Even if you don't have a lot you can still benefit by helping others. Working through stressful events which are similar with others, often helps ease the burden.
- Turn the simple into the special. People tend to underestimate the simple joys of life. Adopt a childlike attitude and turn simple blessings into joy. Enjoy your time with your family, laugh and play games together. Be grateful to have one another.
- Keep the holidays in perspective. Just because it's on sale doesn't mean you have to buy it. Make a budget and stick to it. You don't have to go to every party that you are invited to. Remember to prioritize and don't leave out sleep or exercise. You also don't have to invite everyone you know to your holiday party. Small can be more intimate, this give people a chance to get to know one another better.
- Surround yourself with people that have a grateful attitude. Just as a bad attitude is contagious, so is a good one. Spend your time with people that enjoy giving. Play music that has a grateful message. Watch shows that also have a grateful message.