Festive season. smiling stylish woman in colorful clothes near Christmas tree isolated on yellow background showing Christmas present boxFor many people, the coming holidays have one singular and defining emotion associated: joy. Joy because the weather is cooling down, joy because family members are coming into town, joy, because no matter how hectic and stressful our lives can get, a few days out of the year allow us to focus on our most treasured traditions instead. If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know that watching your children and grandchildren make cookies for Santa warms your heart, that all the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into earning the money for presents has all been worth it for the smiles and hugs.

If you’re overwhelmed with cleaning your home, helping to organize Thanksgiving plans, dreading the mad rush to get your favorite Black Friday deal for early Christmas gifts, scrubbing the wax off the menorah, or frazzled with the arrival of guests, make sure to stop and remember what it is that the holidays mean to you!

Whether you throw yourself into the holidays, observe them with passing indifference or usually focus on their stressful elements (don’t worry we all do it!), what you project during the holidays can go much further than you think – continue reading below to find out why!

1. You can make someone’s holiday special with a simple gesture

Do you know someone that doesn’t have family to spend the holidays with? Is a friend struggling to afford a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Do you know someone’s kids that have never had a picture with Santa?

We often look forward to the holidays when we know we may get that one thing we asked for, because our brothers and sisters are going to make awesome side dishes, when we can’t wait for the house to be filled with laughter and good smells – but what about those who are less fortunate?

If you’re able, you can make a significant difference by making someone’s holiday special just by inviting them to Thanksgiving, by knocking on the door and leaving a few inexpensive gifts for the kids on Christmas, or volunteering to feed the homeless at a local soup kitchen. In the excitement and the chaos that comes with holiday preparations, as human beings are prone to do, we can sometimes forget about those who struggle during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. When you share holiday cheer with others through kindness, you will find that you may be the one who actually gets the most out of it – there’s nothing quite like knowing you’ve impacted someone’s Thanksgiving or Christmas in a positive way!

2. You’re setting an example for your family

It’s perfectly normal for the kids and grand kids to be consumed with sweets and presents, but when you promote a happy holiday spirit that comes from the heart, you set the stage for the future. Encouraging an impromptu snowball fight, cutting the turkey into small pieces for Aunt Frances with Parkinson’s disease at Thanksgiving Dinner, and even wearing the ugliest Christmas sweater you can find (dig deep into that closet) are all things that your family and friends will remember for years to come.

Sometimes the holidays are difficult for those who’ve lost loved ones, people who aren’t very social may flounder in gatherings, or certain family members are being insufferable (don’t worry, you’re not alone). Still, your ability to show your love and gratitude for all the people and things you have in your life can be contagious even when the going gets tough at the most inconvenient time.

When you remind others that the holidays are a happy time, that good in the world still exists (and not just on these days), that sometimes you just have to stop raking the leaves and jump in them, you’re making a statement that is sure to inspire.

3. It’s good for you…literally!

Research shows that if you spend at least 10-15 minutes a day laughing and smiling, you burn calories, relax your muscles, lower your blood pressure, and unleash endorphins that promote help you to feel happy and positive. Whatever you’re going through or experiencing during the holidays, make sure you allow yourself to laugh and smile. When your cat sends the Christmas tree ornaments flying, when your husband does a chop job on the turkey, or your cousin burns her hair when reaching across the table candles for the pie – laugh! Releasing the stress of gift wrapping and running out of room for the dishes in the sink will feel much better when you enjoy the holidays.

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Festive season. smiling stylish woman in colorful clothes near Christmas tree isolated on yellow background showing Christmas present boxFor many people, the coming holidays have one singular and defining emotion associated: joy. Joy because the weather is cooling down, joy because family members are coming into town, joy, because no matter how hectic and stressful our lives can get, a few days out of the year allow us to focus on our most treasured traditions instead. If you’re a parent or grandparent, you know that watching your children and grandchildren make cookies for Santa warms your heart, that all the blood, sweat, and tears that have gone into earning the money for presents has all been worth it for the smiles and hugs.

If you’re overwhelmed with cleaning your home, helping to organize Thanksgiving plans, dreading the mad rush to get your favorite Black Friday deal for early Christmas gifts, scrubbing the wax off the menorah, or frazzled with the arrival of guests, make sure to stop and remember what it is that the holidays mean to you!

Whether you throw yourself into the holidays, observe them with passing indifference or usually focus on their stressful elements (don’t worry we all do it!), what you project during the holidays can go much further than you think – continue reading below to find out why!

1. You can make someone’s holiday special with a simple gesture

Do you know someone that doesn’t have family to spend the holidays with? Is a friend struggling to afford a turkey for Thanksgiving dinner? Do you know someone’s kids that have never had a picture with Santa?

We often look forward to the holidays when we know we may get that one thing we asked for, because our brothers and sisters are going to make awesome side dishes, when we can’t wait for the house to be filled with laughter and good smells – but what about those who are less fortunate?

If you’re able, you can make a significant difference by making someone’s holiday special just by inviting them to Thanksgiving, by knocking on the door and leaving a few inexpensive gifts for the kids on Christmas, or volunteering to feed the homeless at a local soup kitchen. In the excitement and the chaos that comes with holiday preparations, as human beings are prone to do, we can sometimes forget about those who struggle during what should be one of the happiest times of the year. When you share holiday cheer with others through kindness, you will find that you may be the one who actually gets the most out of it – there’s nothing quite like knowing you’ve impacted someone’s Thanksgiving or Christmas in a positive way!

2. You’re setting an example for your family

It’s perfectly normal for the kids and grand kids to be consumed with sweets and presents, but when you promote a happy holiday spirit that comes from the heart, you set the stage for the future. Encouraging an impromptu snowball fight, cutting the turkey into small pieces for Aunt Frances with Parkinson’s disease at Thanksgiving Dinner, and even wearing the ugliest Christmas sweater you can find (dig deep into that closet) are all things that your family and friends will remember for years to come.

Sometimes the holidays are difficult for those who’ve lost loved ones, people who aren’t very social may flounder in gatherings, or certain family members are being insufferable (don’t worry, you’re not alone). Still, your ability to show your love and gratitude for all the people and things you have in your life can be contagious even when the going gets tough at the most inconvenient time.

When you remind others that the holidays are a happy time, that good in the world still exists (and not just on these days), that sometimes you just have to stop raking the leaves and jump in them, you’re making a statement that is sure to inspire.

3. It’s good for you…literally!

Research shows that if you spend at least 10-15 minutes a day laughing and smiling, you burn calories, relax your muscles, lower your blood pressure, and unleash endorphins that promote help you to feel happy and positive. Whatever you’re going through or experiencing during the holidays, make sure you allow yourself to laugh and smile. When your cat sends the Christmas tree ornaments flying, when your husband does a chop job on the turkey, or your cousin burns her hair when reaching across the table candles for the pie – laugh! Releasing the stress of gift wrapping and running out of room for the dishes in the sink will feel much better when you enjoy the holidays.

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