Turning That Frown Upside Down
By Stephen R. Farris
With the holiday season upon us, our stress levels can elevate higher than other times of the year, especially when the time change hits, traffic on the roads is heavier than usual, and let's not forget stores filled with all those people trying to get their shopping done -- though it feels sometimes they're doing it all at once.
All of this is enough to bring on a negative attitude and we might go as far as saying things out loud that we might not otherwise say to folks, or do things that are uncharacteristic to our personalities.
When it gets to this point it might be time to take a step back and find out what it is that's triggering those feelings and start taking a more healthy, positive mental approach to handling and coping with these problems.
No, I'm not talking about the popular Motley Crue song from the 1980s with the same title. What I am talking about is pretty plain and simple. Find your happy spot. Do something that makes you feel good inside, whether it's taking a long walk underneath the starlit sky, or watching your favorite show or movie. We all know there's something that gives us a warm, cozy feeling, so when feeling overwhelmed, try finding your happy place. Even if it's just for a little while.
Charity Can Start Anywhere
That's right. Charity can start and be found anywhere and can be another form of positive therapy. Most church or community organizations are always on the lookout for volunteers. Even schools and clubs need volunteers during their fundraisers. You'd be surprised how much volunteering can help bring out the positive side of life, especially when you bring a smile to someone else's face that might be struggling.
Being thankful can be hard at times, but truly worthwhile to consider doing. When life gives you the blues, stop for a minute. Look around you. Look inside. Think about what you have to be grateful for in life. It could be a good job, your home, wife and kids, Fido out in the backyard, the gifts you have surrounding you are limitless. Reflecting on the things that make you happy can shift the negativity you're feeling into positivity.
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