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Cheat Sheet: Spark Your Joy—5 Ways To Curb Sad Vibes This Holiday Season

Cheat Sheet: Spark Your Joy—5 Ways To Curb Sad Vibes This Holiday Season

The season has dimmed and some spirits have warmed, but not everyone looks forward to the holiday season. The pressure and reminders of gatherings, reunions, and gift-giving sometimes weigh heavy on those of us who have gone through life differently in the last year. However, a me-and-me against the world spirit just won't do this season or for any part of the year, for that matter. I strongly say we all should do something about our attitude. There are jumpstarter ways to get to joyful! Here are a couple of current, practical ways for you to ease the grinning and bearing it just before you share in it.

 

1. Have a cup of hot chocolate. Drinking something warm is often comforting and chocolate contains endorphins for that mood boost! A cup of hot chocolate should help shoo those mood mummies away. You might also have some fun with "latte" art while you're at it.

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2. Cuddle your pets more. In one example, owning an unconditionally affectionate pet can actually be good for your mental health. According to a WebMD article, "Research has found that owning a dog (for example) can lower blood pressure, reduce stress hormones, and boost levels of feel-good chemicals in the brain."

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3. At all sensible costs, stop being alone. Get out and hail your ninja squadron, call in your carebears, walk the streets and roam your parks. Whatever it is you need to do to stop being alone, just do it! 

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4. Take a domestic trip. A bit of sky, a change of scenery, and bags packed with anticipation are bound to get you looking up and ahead. Don't stay and sulk, go and glow!

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5. Join a large carolling group. Joining a carolling group shifts your focus on bringing joy to others and you get to go from place to place together for a couple of nights. The reason I stress LARGE group is if you're not a fab singer, well, you get the picture haha... or you can bang the tamborine or shake the egg-shaker. Either way, the joyride and making of new friends while making music to make people happy is fun. 

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