Holidays exhilarate, enrich, energize — and exhaust us, both physically and emotionally. I know you’re busy, so this is just a short list of gifts I bring to share: several hopefully helpful articles about some of the possible stops you may encounter on this season’s emotional roller coaster.
Who doesn’t want to be happy?
“But happiness isn’t something that just happens to you. Everyone has the power to make small changes in our behavior, our surroundings and our relationships that can help set us on course for a happier life.”
Replace any holiday greed with holiday gratitude — your brain will thank you!
“Gratitude is celebrated throughout philosophy and religion; recent scientific studies suggest it carries significant benefits for our mental and physical health. But very little is known about what actually happens in our brain and body when we experience it.”
It’s impossible to avoid negative thoughts, even in the midst of joyous holidays. Still, we can learn how to convert those into positive thoughts.
“What if you can redefine or change the negative memories associated with a particular event in your life? Cognitive reframing is a psychological technique that helps identify and confront negative or irrational thoughts and view it from a different and positive perspective.”
We all face inevitable setbacks. Resilience helps us bounce back.
“…science shows that adults also can take steps to boost resilience in middle age, which is often the time we need it most. Midlife can bring all kinds of stressors, including divorce, the death of a parent, career setbacks and retirement worries, yet many of us don’t build the coping skills we need to meet these challenges.”
Lastly, a summary of some key themes from Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, professor of Psychology and Management and author of Creativity: The Work and Lives of 91 Eminent People, describing traits frequently seen in creative people.
“If I had to express in one word what makes their personalities different from others, it’s complexity. They show tendencies of thought and action that in most people are segregated. They contain contradictory extremes; instead of being an individual, each of them is a multitude.”
Happy Holidays, folks!