5 Ways to Find Happiness this Christmas

5 Ways to Find Happiness this Christmas

Some people struggle to find happiness during the holiday season, and in this article, we’ll look at the causes of Christmas unhappiness, holiday depression or anxiety and show you ways to develop a mindset that will help you feel happier this season.

The causes of holiday unhappiness

There are a variety of reasons why people are unhappy during the holidays. Here are a few of the most common causes:

  • Increased stress and pressures.
  • Loneliness or missing others.
  • Holiday expectations.
  • Worry over money.
  • Family dynamics.

How to beat the “holiday blues”

1. Ditch the expectations – put yourself first

While the holidays are a time of giving and doing for others, if this time of the season has a detrimental impact on your mental well-being, then you are perfectly within reason to consider self-care as a first priority.

If certain expectations are causing you undue stress and leading to your unhappiness – remove yourself from the situation.

Whether it is where you’re expected to be, what you’re expected to do, or who you are expected to mingle with – if these things are truly leading to anxiety or depression – know that you are in control of what you do. Decide for yourself what you want to do.

That’s not to say that feathers won’t be ruffled or others may be angered – they may be. But their anger is their problem. Your problem is your happiness.

If the expectations from others are the primary cause of your unhappiness – you have the power to control that. You can choose to do what makes you happy – and avoid doing what makes you unhappy.

2. Socialize (with the right people)

Being alone during the holidays is a prime cause of unhappiness and depression. If you are feeling lonely during the holidays or missing loved ones, try to find a way to get together or socialize with others.

Likewise, if you don’t enjoy being with certain family members during the holidays, invite a few friends or coworkers to come over so that you can spend some time with people you truly enjoy being around.

3. Give of yourself

One of the biggest rewards that comes from the holiday season is the feeling derived when giving to others. There’s nothing quite as satisfying as seeing the joy that giving to others brings.

However, not all of us have the money to give gifts. And worrying over money is a primary factor in holiday unhappiness. But here’s the good news… You don’t have to have money to give to others. You can give of yourself and your time.

There are number of things you can do to be giving during the holidays:

  • Get involved in helping others.
  • Get involved in projects that help others.
  • Spend some time with the elderly or other people who simply need some companionship.
  • Donate some of your things.
  • Make gifts yourself that you Ken give to others.
4. Spend some time reminiscing

One thing that can make the holidays more enjoyable is reminiscing about the good times that you’ve experienced or shared with others. Bring out your photo albums or home movies. Spend some time talking about the experiences captured in the images. You can also simply tell stories of your past adventures or those of other members in your family. Not only can these bring some humor, but they can form bonds, giving other family members a sense of belonging and tradition.

5. Give gifts that offer experience

One alternative to giving material items as gifts is giving the gift of an experience. These are things such as event tickets, trips, or lessons. These types of gifts offer an experience that can be talked about and shared for many Christmases to come.