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  • Writer's pictureJim Parks, CFP, AIF

Reasons to celebrate.

I read an article recently talking about how science has proven that celebrating holidays makes us happier and I thought...well of course it does, did we really need science to PROVE that?? But what about celebrating makes us happier, and what if we didn't wait for these major milestones throughout the year to implement ideas and actions to feel that way more often?

When scientists look to the places around the world where people enjoy the increased longevity it is no surprise that these communities also report high levels of happiness and satisfaction. And one thing that these communities have in common? They celebrate everything. Any minor holiday becomes an excuse to gather around the table together.

According to author and social psychologist Fred Bryant, "When we stop to savor the good stuff, we build resilience which helps us to manage stress and the daily challenges that can cause it. Savoring the little things, like family holiday celebrations, can lead to stronger relationships and improved mental and physical well-being."

Even the words we use in social media posts around the holidays versus those at any other points throughout the year evoke feelings of happiness both for those sharing news and those reading it. We tend to use words like "happy, family, wish, hope, friends and together" in posts about celebrations which all contribute to feelings of connectedness and community.

And if you happen to be someone who enjoys decorating your home inside and out this time of year-this too sends a message! This signals to your neighbors that you are accessible and welcoming, open to socializing and making new friends!

No matter what you celebrate this time of year, I invite you to pause and think about what you cherish most about these holidays. Perhaps there are one or two habits you can carry into everyday life to boost your overall feelings of happiness even just a bit!

We hope you have a wonderful, wintry weekend!


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