Happiness this holiday season

Happiness this holiday season

Positive Psychology News Daily is a great site which not surprisingly, regulalry publishes articles and reviews on topics related to positive psychology (e.g. happiness!). Much of it’s writing is aimed at positive psychology practitioners and professionals but as regular readers of my happiness blog would no doubt be aware, it frequently includes postings that can easily be of use to anyone with a general interest in topics such as resilience, living a good life, relationships and, of course, happiness.

So it is that today, I’m happy to bring you their latest article in which contributers to the Positive Psychology News Blog share their thoughts on what might help bring about more happiness this holiday season; here are just a few examples…

Emiliya Zhivotovskaya: Remembering that we are all one and that the apparent differences, frustrations, and contrast are there to keep us learning, growing and to keep life interesting. When someone or something triggers me, I ask myself, _ã–How is this a reflection to me of something I need to look at in my own life?_ã

Yukun Zhao: Good Consumerism _ã_ when you buy gifts for people about whom you care, don_ã_t just think about how happy they will be when you receive the gifts. Also think about how your gifts can make them flourish. In other words, can your gifts help them experience more flow, find more meaning in their lives, achieve more, have better interpersonal relationships, besides having positive emotions? This earlier PositivePsychologyNews.com article, Giving Gifts might stimulate further thinking about happiness-inducing gifts.

On the other hand, also think about how you can make your life more joyful by giving gifts. For example, a visit to your parents may be more valuable than any gift you can buy them, while it boosts your own happiness as well. Donate money to a charity your friend cares about in her name. Bring your nephew to a natural science museum. There are many things you can do besides simply spending money.

Emily Van Sonnenberg: Always keep a non-family member in the mix _ã” it will diffuse any existing tension. Family members are less likely to argue when in the presence of a stranger. Doubly, inviting a non-family member will give persons whose families they cannot be with a place to celebrate the holidays.

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