Breeze through Christmas
These Christmassy top tips will train your brain to stop kicking happiness into the long grass. Practice them regularly and you won’t have to wait 365 days for happiness to return. We all know that puppies are forever – not just for Christmas – and it’s the same with happiness.
It’s the holiday season which is supposed to mean good-will to everyone, the time to be jolly and enjoy the wonderful Christmassy shenanigans.
But what about the other side of Christmas? The side that George Burns alluded to when he said, “Happiness is having a large, loving close-knit family… in another city.” The family feuds, visiting in-laws, hyper children and trying to master that excited look on your face when you receive yet another pair of socks are all reasons we might need a little breather.
So, what’s the secret to a magical, stress-free Christmas? Here are a few top tips taken from the science of positive psychology:
Believe in magic
As we get older we become, what scientists call, habituated. In short, this means your fourth Christmas is more exciting than your 74th.
So, top tip number one, treat Christmas with the wide-eyed wonder of your inner child. If that fails, whizz to the other end of the spectrum and pretend it’s your last. This will make you gulp. Blink away a couple of tears and I guarantee you’ll throw yourself into it.
Avoid creating stress
Yes, things will go wrong. But when they do, instead of having a whinge, tell yourself it’s a “plot-twist”. In fact, shout it out loud. Celebrate things that go wrong. Make them part of the fun!
The turkey and tatties aren’t quite ready at the same time? It’s not a disaster it’s a plot twist. When there are no batteries for the kids’ new drone, it’s not an epic failure, it’s just another plot twist. Christmas is a story and all the best stories have plot twists.