It’s called the silly season for good reason. Long shopping lists. Busy roads. Congested shops. Party after party. Piles of gifts. Stress. Cold sweats and panicked purchases. We’ve not only turned silly, we’ve lost our way.
But don’t feel bad. It’s too easy to get caught up in the material and consumer age of million dollar campaigns and clever marketing tactics used to convince us to give up our hard earned dosh. Before you know it you’ve spent your Christmas bonus (and possibly amassed some debt) and all you have to show for it is a whole lotta landfill.
So what’s a merry maker to do? The key is to keep it simple. Buy modest or practical gifts or make your own. Craft is cool at the moment so make the most of the DIY trend. It also shows you care because you’ve spent the time to consider and craft a personal gift. But to really boost your happiness levels the best thing you can do this festive season is to CONNECT – with people, nature and most importantly, yourself.
Connect with people
“If we have no peace it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other.”
Being together is what this time of year is about. Whether you’re with family, friends or even a bunch of strangers, the value of a collective is profound. Take the time to talk and listen to each other and remember to embrace those who may be facing the festive season alone. Everyone needs and deserves to be happy and if we can offer some companionship or let a little positivity rub off onto someone who’s struggling, what a beautiful gift it would be.
Connect with nature
“The earth has its music for those who will listen.”
Spend an afternoon on a forest walk, swimming in the ocean, barefoot on grass or just looking up at the sky and you will soon be soothed and amazed by the wonder of nature. Let it be your tonic and reconnect with the beauty and mystery of Mother Nature. She’s got your back.
Connect with yourself
“The dreamers are the saviours of the world.”
Take a moment to nurture yourself in ways which don’t require you to buy new shoes, luxurious perfumes or the latest gadgets. Spoil yourself with a spot of daydreaming to really nurture your soul. Dare to fantasise about the future and remind yourself of what’s important and how you want to live your life. Visualisations can be a powerful way to comfort and motivate.
So go forth, be merry, be bright and by all means be silly. But be the kind of silly which makes you laugh, smile and feel connected to the world around you. It’s the gift of the season.
About the author: Marina Barbaro is somewhat of a gypsy writer – roaming between projects and enjoying a spirited approach to the written word. Most recently she joined the team from a million smiles, where she will be sharing her extensive experiences travelling and living amongst different cultures. See more of her amazing work by following amillionsmilesmovie.com