Holidays can be the best and worst of times. I want to share 3 things that will help you maximize your joy through the season.
- We are all selfish by nature! It will take an intentional effort to not be that way, especially when someone else’s plans don’t line up with our own. Whatever gathering you find yourself going to, whether with family, friends or even those you aren’t particularly fond of, ask yourself these questions on a moment by moment basis. “What can I bring positive to this encounter? What good thing can I bring to this gathering?”
- Focus your attention on how you can serve others. Develop a pattern of looking to offer a helping hand. Initiate with others anything you think would be nice if it were done to you. Little acts of service to make someone else feel like someone cares, not only helps them, it will bring joy to you. The only thing that really matters in life is your life intersecting with someone else’s life and making a positive difference.
- Give something of value to some random people in your world who would not expect it. A card with some cash, a gift card or whatever you feel nudged to give. Seek out a couple people you are acquainted with who aren’t on your Christmas list and just bless them in someway! You will be reciprocated with a large dose of joy.
As I reread these 3 principles, the common denominator is they move me out of myself and into another’s world. Someone said long ago, it is more blessed to give than to receive. I believe he was correct!