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5 Tips for More "Happy" in the Holidays

Happy holidays, folks! Or is it happy, that is? For many of us, the holiday season is far from joyful. In fact, it can be stress-filled. What is it about this time of year that can make us feel frazzled and overwhelmed? After all, this season is punctuated by the infusion of catchy holiday music, colorful decorations and lights, intoxicating aromas like pine and clove, and the anticipation of special gatherings with our family and friends.

Yet even with all of these positive aspects, this season can bring on the stress . . . Big time. So if you’re struggling with holiday-induced stress, with balance, or with finding more happiness this season, I’ve got a gift for you. 

Below are my five best tips (we’re talking infographic lingo) for sprinkling your holidays with some happy.



I’d love to hear from you. What is your favorite way to bring more happiness to the holiday season? Come join the conversation!






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NICE infographic, Linda! Aren't they fun? I think joy radiates. Some of my most happy holiday moments come from sharing with others. Last night I got to go to a concert of holiday music where musicians and vocalists shared their gifts with us. That was happy for those who listened, but I could tell it brought deep happiness to those where were performing as well. Be true to yourself, and let your light shine!

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSeana Turner

@Seana- Thanks so much. I'm glad you like it. It was my first time creating an infographic. I enjoyed the process. What a beautiful thing to say about joy, that it "radiates." That's so true. Your concert experience sounds fantastic. I was listening to a radio show the other day where a woman that sings in an all-female choral group talked about something similar to what you described. There is something so captivating about music. It goes deep to our core.

December 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I LOVE the infographic! One of my sons is creating a new tradition with me. He and his family are in San Francisco. I can't be with them on Christmas but he still wants to share present opening time with me. So we do this together through Skype. Last year was our first year doing this and it worked well. This year it may be a little more challenging since his daughter is now 14 months old and constantly on the move. I'm sharing this because opening our gifts together was a special tradition in our family. I'm thrilled he wants to keep it going - in a modified fashion.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDiane Quintana

I think most of us have an idea of what the perfect holiday is supposed to look like - whether it's the way we did things growing up, or something we saw in a movie, or whatever. Sometimes we have to let go of those ideas and just enjoy whatever life presents to us. Maybe it means fewer decorations, or less baking, or accepting that we can't see everyone we'd like to, or at the time we want to. Enjoy what we have instead of comparing it to what we can't have.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterJanet Barclay

I love the infographic, Linda. I am a big fan of giving experiences instead of stuff. Movie tickets and concert tickets are usually a hit in our family. Fewer gifts also help keep the clutter at bay in our home after the holidays as well which is a gift to me too. =) Happy Holidays to you and your family!

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSabrina Quairoli

This is a wonderful infographic! I prefer to give experiences rather than things to people, that's usually in the form of a gift-card to a favorite restaurant or activity. I also try to practice self-care more during the holiday season, making sleep, nutrition and exercise a priority. Thank you for these helpful tips!

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterNancy Haworth

@Diane- This is such a beautiful story about how you and your son have "modified" a favorite family tradition. It's a lovely illustration about honoring the past, and creatively adapting something for the current situation. One of the things that have been hardest for me was giving up traditions that I love because people, family, circumstances have changed. It's made me appreciate what was and look for ways to create new family traditions to enjoy.

I'm glad you like the infographic. I had fun making it.

December 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Janet- What wisdom! "Enjoy what we have instead of comparing it to what we can't have." Letting go of the "perfect holiday" idea is beneficial. As you said, being present and fully appreciating now is a beautiful way to be.

December 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Sabrina- Thank you so much. I'm glad you like the infographic. It was my first time creating one, and I thoroughly enjoyed the process and learning experience.

Gift giving experiences is a wonderful way to go. The additional benefit of less physical clutter to handle is another great point that you make. Like your family, "experience" gifts are favorites for our family too. I remember my mom telling me many times (especially in the last ten years) that there is no thing she needs or wants. She only wants time together. And that's what I always tried to give her.

December 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

@Nancy- Thank you so much. Ahh. You're an experience instead of things person too! Those are my favorite gifts also. It's the shared experiences that are most vivid in my memories. Kudos to you for practicing self-care even more during the holidays. When we care for ourselves, we are better able to enjoy everyone else.

December 17, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

I love your infographic it made the information memorable and easily digestible. Your point about practicing self care really hut the nail on the head for me. Self care wasn't modeled for me so I forget often. I get busy and wrapped up in to-dos that I sleep late and skip exercise etc. I need reminders like these.

December 17, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterElva Fonseca

@Elva- Thank you for your positive feedback about the infographic. I'm glad to know that the format worked to make the concepts easy to grasp. That's great to know. I understand about not having a good self-care model. It was like that to some extent for me too. My mom tended to ignore her needs in favor of focusing on everyone else's. And while I always admired her kindness and generosity, I realized as an adult that it's possible to do both. So for me too, it's been a journey of learning how to care for myself as I care for others. The caring for others is more comfortable for me, but I've come to recognize that's it is essential to extend that same kindness to myself. I wish you all the best on your continuing self-care journey.

December 18, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

Love.Your.Infographic! Recently, I've begun to say that this time of year is not for 'the self' but instead, 'for others.' Giving can be exhausting both mentally and physically--that's why self-care is vital. In fact, it would be challenging to engage in the other 4 tips if you haven't first engaged in self-care.

December 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterStacey Agin Murray

@Stacey- Thank you so much. I appreciate your enthusiasm about the infographic. I love your point about how vital self-care is. And, that if it is not a priority, it will be hard to activate the other four suggestions- finding joy, simplify gift giving, rethink traditions, and balance extremes.

December 18, 2018 | Registered CommenterLinda Samuels

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