The Holiday season is time of giving and reflection. When the holidays come around every year, our lives suddenly take on a larger meaning than simply living for ourselves. We think of our loved ones, our extended families, our long-lost friends and our neighbors. Where would we be without our friends, family, faith and freedom? It’s time to focus on what you are thankful for and find ways to become a better you.
As we wrap up 2019 and head into 2020, try at least one of these five tips below to become a better version of yourself.
- Y-O-U. Make time for yourself. Between work parties and school programs, you know there will be a lot of time and planning involved with the holidays. When you're too tired, eating poorly, or generally run-down, you will likely be more reactive to the stress you face in your life. A quick walk might clear your head and get the blood flowing, meditate and practice deep breathing, drink more water and squeeze in a little more you time.
- JUST DO IT. Pick one thing from your bucket list that you really want to do and do it. Maybe it’s taking a trip, a hike or a walk around the park. Call up a friend or family you haven’t seen in awhile and make a date to do something fun that you’ve been meaning to do for awhile.
- Be HAPPY. Let go of anger and resentment and focus on forgiveness. Don't wake up holding a grudge from the night before if you can help it. Resentment can eat away at you and poison your heart against trusting others, feeling compassion, or being open to love in the future. Overcoming resentment means choosing to accept what has happened and forgive the other person, but also making changes within yourself so that these feelings do not negatively affect you.
- LOVE is something that is free to give — and another reason we should be kind to each other this time of year and always. Little acts of kindness like saying “hello, how are you,” opening a door or holding the elevator for someone can make a positive impact.
- The POWER of a SMILE. It’s free and simple and sometimes painful when things aren’t going well. Smile and you feel happy, you feel happy and you smile! Even when you're not feeling great, try smiling, genuinely, and see how you feel! Just like a laugh, a smile can be contagious and brighten up others around you, even strangers.
We all want to be our best, but many people wonder if it's actually possible to become a better person once you're an adult. This year and years to come, give yourself the gift of becoming a better you.
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