The holiday season can be a stressful time. It’s also a time of year we look forward to like no other, because of all the aspects of the season that make us happy. Because of all the wonderful benefits that come from cultivating happiness and maintaining a good mood, I suggest that we all take the things that we love about the holidays (or other special times we enjoy) and make them part of our everyday lives throughout the year.
Here are my top six suggestions for bringing the "cheer" to the rest of the year.
Holiday Music:Like many people, I have a holiday playlist of songs that I love and that I mostly listen to this time of year. (Mine includes an eclectic mix of everything from "O Holy Night," sung by various people, to The Kinks’ "Father Christmas" and the USA for Africa classic, "Do They Know It’s Christmas?").
Whatever your musical choices, the songs we play tend to get us into the moods we enjoy, bring back memories of other happy times and generally make us feel good. The increased presence of music can really enhance our experiences this time of year.