From splurging on presents to overindulging on the Quality Street, it’s all too easy to get swept up in the mayhem of Christmas.
And a healthy dose of stress seems as guaranteed as the visit from the big man in the red suit. We get consumed with the little details:
- who does or doesn’t like brussel sprouts
- whether to buy a present for your first cousin’s child
- whose house to spend Christmas in
- will you cause offence if you don’t go the neighbours for a Christmas drink
Christmas can feel a little overwhelming
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to make a perfect Christmas for your family. But it’s also important not to let yourself get drained by every minute detail and miss out on what is truly important.
The easiest way to embrace the true meaning of Christmas is to slow down and give gratitude. Infact, gratitude is the gift that keeps on giving all year long.
Gratitude doesn’t cost a single cent. It is the cheapest but most rewarding gift.
Gratitude is simply about taking the time to recognise the things in your life that you truly appreciate. The gift of gratitude turns everything you have into enough. Gratitude has the power to turn negatives to positives, sorrow to joy and turmoil to peace.
As a result, it is the ultimate gift.
Why Gratitude Is Important
First of all, practising gratitude will instantly improve and enhance your mental health. Continually acknowledging positive aspects of your life triggers neurotransmitters in your brain which will bring a sense of happiness and fulfilment to your life.
Gratitude has been proven to also enhance physical health, inprove sleep, strengthen self-esteem and build resilience. It can help you feel content even in the most challenging of times.
Having gratitude as a central part of your daily life allows you to truly live in the moment and appreciate the things that fill you with joy.
Finally, practising gratitude in this commercial world we find ourselves living in, will help you see what’s really important. And it’s not expensive presents under the tree.
Presence Instead of Presents
Of course, you can give and receive physical gifts. But a guaranteed way to really feel happiness and joy is to let your loved ones know just how grateful you are for their presence in your life. Think about the joy, laughs, smiles and memories these wonderful people have given you. Tell them how much you appreciate them and how they make you feel. Give gratitude a voice and watch how your connection with your loved one soars.
Don’t Forget Yourself
If you feel like treating yourself to a new handbag or a dress, go right ahead. But don’t forget, the gift of gratitude continues to give long after the festive season. Take time over this Christmas period to acknowledge and appreciate all the small but positive things in your life. Write down the things you have to be grateful for.
The Gift Of Gratitude
While gratitude is a great stress buster and coping mechanism to fall back on over Christmas, the ultimate goal is to make it an everyday practice. Practising daily gratitude can be an incredibly powerful way to enhance your life, transform your mood and have positivity become your norm.
Go on – give yourself the gift of gratitude this Christmas. Change your life over this next year by practising gratitude.
Merry Christmas Hustlers,
Co-Founder, Pepper Hustle
P.S. I am beyond grateful for my husband and my three children who all bring such love and happiness to my life 365 days a year. I am grateful for the Pepper Hustle community which bring positivity to so many people. And I am grateful for my little indulgence this Christmas day – some wine and crisps. What are you grateful for this Christmas? Share your comments below.