Character Strengths for the Holidays!!!
On holiday we are optimistic. We accept what is. We make the best of things. Therefore, we have a more balanced perspective on life, are less stressed and have healthier interactions with others.
When you think of holidays you think of new adventures. A time when you explore new places, try new activities and make new friends. We are happier because were capture the curiosity of our youth.
One of the main reasons why we feel better when on holiday is that we take the time to recharge our batteries by exercising, eating well, and sleeping more. Satisfying these basic needs is essential to our wellbeing and happiness.
While smartphone technology and the internet have allowed work commitments to follow us home, we manage to disconnect from them on holiday rewarding us with more quality family time and much needed personal downtime.
On holiday we are more present-focused. In general, we spend almost half of our waking hours thinking about something other than what we are doing, which distracts us from the present, the birthplace of happiness.
Gratitude is the queen of happiness. It reminds us about what we have, instead of what we don’t have. We spread it around freely when we are on holiday. We thank people for helping us and in turn, we go out of our way to help others.
Holidays are a wonderful time for reconnecting with family and close friends. Surveys reveal that people with five or more close friends are 60 per cent more likely to be very happy.
I hope you and yours have a very happy and safe holiday over the coming weeks. I look forward to seeing everyone’s smiling faces and hearing all the holiday stories when I see you again next year.