Dear Friends, this time of year may very well be the most stressful, tiring, unhappy time of the year for many and the most joyous, wonderful time for others. How can we have such a diametrically-opposed situation? One thought is that we at times don’t see that being happy and sad can exist in the same plane, the very same situation and sometimes at the most crucial moments in our lives. Children, I feel, are truly a light that help us as we get older to see in our darkness. To remind us how simple life can and should be. To remind us of what needs to be a priority. These things have impact to our health and I would like to share that with you.
Being thankful for all you have will make you feel healthier, happier, and more connected with the world…..
Be grateful in general, for it helps to create abundance.
- Boosts immunity: Reduces your stress and supports your immune system.
- Abundant thinking: Staying open to new and unexpected sources of prosperity helps you see new opportunities when they show up.
- Inspires joy: Erases your worries, turning frowns into smiles.
- Appreciate work: Thankfulness for work helps you do a better job – turning it into a job you love or attracting the career of your dreams.
- Increases energy: Helps you sleep better at night.
Be grateful for your health, for it is truly the most important thing you have.
- Take care of you: Practice self-care daily, even in little steps.
- Eat well: Drink more water, eat more plants, and reduce processed food.
- Sleep: Dim the lights before bed and make your bedroom comfortable.
- Exercise: Choose activities you love and walk more.
- Find happiness: Prioritize joy, make time for play, and think positively.
Be grateful for relationships, and cherish and nurture them, for they define much of how we live and who we are.
- Share time: Visit extended family and spend quality time together.
- Call them: Give your parents a call – they’d be thrilled to hear from you.
- Meet up: Reconnect with dear friends.
- Express yourself: Give hugs and tell friends and family you love them.
- Celebrate all wins: Cheering on successes of friends, family, and colleagues helps you recognize and attract your own successes.
Be grateful for everything, for it is a healthy choice.
I am thankful for my health.
It’s more valuable than money or any superficial wealth.
I am thankful for my family and friends.
Their support of me is heart-warming and knows no end.
I am thankful for children and time.
My youth I will cherish, but for it, I will not pine.
I am thankful for the food I eat.
It, among other things, sustains me – whether it’s a big hearty meal or just a tiny tasty treat.
I am thankful for my warm bed in my home.
It’s the place I rest and dream, and can call my very own.
Be grateful for our blessings by giving to others, for this is truly the reason for the season.
- Give: Do something nice for an unassuming stranger. Simple gestures like holding the door, giving up your seat, or letting them pass you in line can brighten their day.
- Volunteer: Read to the elderly, clean up local parks, serve food to the homeless, or use another special skill you have . Search for volunteer opportunities on idealist.org.
- Mentor: Be a positive role model – help a child by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister or show the way to success by mentoring someone starting out in your field.
Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas,
and a Prosperous and Healthy 2014