Although we often say, “have a happy holiday”, the truth is this: happy holidays don’t just happen. Knowing what to do can help make your holidays merry and bright, and researchers have found that there are some ways you can boost your happiness this season.
Deck the halls
A study from the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that holiday decorating can be good for both mental health and happiness. Decorating for Christmas can make you happier because seeing holiday decorations can create a neurological shift that increases happiness.
Let perfectionism go
In the wise words of Elsa, let it go. This can be hard, but it’s very important. Try to let go of the need to have everything be perfect, decide what’s most important for your holiday, and try to only focus on those things.
Do something nice for someone
The holiday season is a perfect opportunity to help others. It can be anything from volunteering at a local homeless shelter to sending an unexpected holiday card to the older lady down the block or the barista who serves your latte with a smile every morning. A random act of kindness benefits the giver as much as the receiver and boosts both people’s happiness.
Batch your shopping and errands into one trip
Schedule times every week when you will batch your errands. Instead of making a trip every day to the grocery store or to the mall, make a list and schedule specific times to shop. You’ll be amazed at how much time you save just by batching all of these little trips into one big trip.
Be in the moment
We often spend so much time consumed with what’s to come or what’s already happened that we miss what is happening right now. The best present you can give yourself and others this season is being present, it’s the best way to savour every moment of the holidays.
Make ‘moderation’ your mantra
Do your best to make healthy choices with food and beverages while allowing yourself to enjoy the wonderful flavours of the holiday season. Try to set reasonable bedtimes, exercise when possible (even a 20-minute walk can be a game-changer), and engage in seasonal movement-based, fun activities like skating or snow showing.