Are you on a mission to find happiness? We search for happiness everywhere and we often come up empty. We think that special someone will make us happy and they do for a while but the initial excitement soon wears off and we start looking for someone else. We think that new job will make us happy and it does for a few months but then it gets too difficult, so we quit and look for another job. We think that expensive dream vacation, new car, new house or new trinket will make us happy and it certainly does for some time but then when the bills come in and we have trouble paying for them, we soon lose our happiness.
Why do we have so much trouble finding happiness? It is because we are looking for other people and things to make us happy. This is a selfish desire and when that person or that thing doesn’t provide us with the happiness we want, we just give up and look for something else. It is like an addiction. We crave happiness so we look for a quick fix somewhere. This is why there are so many relationship and marriage breakdowns today.
If you want to find real happiness, you have to bring happiness to others. Instead of thinking about what someone can do to make you happy, think about how you can make their life better. Instead of believing that ‘stuff’ will make you happy, think about what you can give to someone else to make their life better. When you bring happiness to other people, this is how happiness comes to you.
We live in a selfish world. One that teaches us to think about ourselves first and try to fill our lives with things that don’t matter. Loving others and trying to spread happiness around is the only way to find happiness.
People are always in such a hurry, especially at this time of year. We rush here and there trying to get everything ready for Christmas and it often seems like we are getting nowhere fast. What we do get, is a lot of stress and frustration.
Christmas should be a time to create new memories with family and friends. We should be able to stop our busy lives, take some time to relax and reflect on what Christmas is all about. Christmas was never meant to be a mad rush to spend a lot of money trying to impress people with lavish gifts. Consumerism has taken the joy away from this wonderful season. We spend more time and money looking for gifts that people don’t really want or will soon lose interest in or even replace with something that is newer or more interesting, than we spend sharing memories with the people we love.
Think about the time you spend shopping versus the time you spend with your families and friends and ask these questions:
- Do you spend more money or more time with your loved ones?
- Do they really need those items you are madly searching for?
- Can you afford those items or will you be paying for them months and years down the road?
- Are you feeling relaxed or stressed?
- Are you happier before, during or after Christmas?
We all need to slow down and stop rushing through life. We all feel pressure to want things to happen immediately and we don’t want to wait for anything. The problem is, we are often disappointed with our lives and in our busyness we miss a lot of what is going on around us. There are so many little, important things that happen when we are too busy to notice: the smile of a child, the chirp of a bird, a beautiful sunset, laughter, acts of kindness.
Are you ready for Christmas or are you still rushing around doing things that are not really that important? Take some time this Christmas to slow down, relax and reflect.
Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11
We all have different holiday traditions and we celebrate according to our beliefs. Many families gather together to share a meal and open presents. Others travel to a vacation spot to relax and forget about the stresses of everyday life. Some people don’t celebrate Christmas because of various reasons and it is just another day for them. Then there are those who don’t have anyone to spend Christmas with because their families live too far away, they have no family, there is conflict or all their loved ones have passed away.
Most of us have high expectations of Christmas. We want to spend time with family and friends, enjoying the season. When this doesn’t happen we feel like something is wrong and we react in a negative way, often hurting ourselves in the process.
Christmas can be a difficult time if you are alone. However, being alone does not have to result in unhappiness. Many people spend Christmas alone by choice and they are not lonely or miserable. It is all a matter of perception.
Instead of feeling bad about the season, try making a list of things you like to do and then take action. Here are some ideas:
- Watch some favourite movies, read some books, listen to music.
- Call some friends and invite them to come for coffee. They might feel lonely too and enjoy the company.
- Consider getting a pet if you don’t have one. They are great companions. Find one that suits your needs and is easy to care for. Having a dog is a great excuse for taking a walk.
- If you belong to a church, make sure you attend Christmas services. If you don’t, consider attending one as it will help you feel part of the celebration.
- Organize your home or start a new project.
- Do something creative. Starting writing, drawing or do some crafts.
- Play a game like solitaire or do crossword puzzles.
- Visit a mall while they are open and watch people.
- Help volunteer at a soup kitchen or visit a senior home and share yourself with others. This is guaranteed to bring happiness to all.
- Always be positive about life.
These ideas are great for anytime of year. If you fill your life with positive activity and surround yourself with positive people, you won’t have time to feel lonely. Treat yourself like the special person you are and have a very merry Christmas! Love to everyone! 🙂
This is the message of Christmas: We are never alone. ~Taylor Caldwell
We all know that Christmas is a time for giving presents and that can be a good thing if the presents are simple and come from the heart. However, many people believe that they have to spend a lot of money on extravagant gifts so they will be loved and appreciated. A big screen TV, a new expensive designer outfit, gold jewelry, the latest gadget or gimmick. Doesn’t it mean you love someone more if you spend more money??? No, this is certainly not true. It is just a false belief that tricks you into parting with your money, makes you feel bad and often puts you in debt.
It is far more important to give your PRESENCE on Christmas rather than PRESENTS. Think about it.
- Is a child happier when they are surrounded with piles of new toys and have nobody to play with OR are they happier when they have one game to play with someone they love?
- Is a wife happier when her husband gives her a diamond bracelet and then works overtime to pay for it OR is she happier when her husband gives her an inexpensive pair of earrings and then spends time watching TV with her every evening?
- Is a friend happier when she gets the newest I-phone from her friend and doesn’t see her for 6 months because she is too busy OR is she happier when her friend takes her for coffee once a week and spends time chatting with her?
Spending time with people spreads more happiness than spending money on people. What are you giving this Christmas…..Presents or Presence?