The holidays are all about celebrating the values that bring us together in life, such as our friends and family. These important connections can bring us unity through togetherness, generosity, and gratitude. Thanksgiving and other holidays are ways for us to gather with those we love and care about, and express our gratitude and appreciation for them. While these holidays are all about giving thanks and gratitude, it is also a time for giving!
“Giving back to our communities is especially important during the holidays, but it is a good reminder to integrate it into our lives year-round,” says Darcey Meridith, Vice President of Child Services at Centerstone. The holidays are best celebrated by surrounding yourself with people you feel the most connected to, whether that is family, friends, or your community.
One of the best ways to celebrate with our loved ones is by gathering together and vocalizing our appreciation for one another. Studies show that practicing gratitude regularly can make us happier by increasing our mental health, enhancing positive emotions, boosting our self-esteem, and reducing negativity. Although the holidays are meant for reflection, we all might benefit from the happiness that gratitude can bring if we practice it every day.
During this holiday season, try to utilize these ways of practicing your gratitude with your loved ones or community:
The holidays can be challenging to celebrate, but remember it is a time to reflect on our meaningful connections and why they are important to us.
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