I meet with hundreds of people every year who are going through a crisis of some sort—illness, injury, death of a loved one, loss of a job.
Some people seem to manage the crisis better than others.
Some seem to be more mentally resilient and to have more durable relationships. Some heal faster. Some maintain their sense of humor. But some get stuck in their pain and make every relationship toxic as if they want other people to suffer if they are suffering.
Many experts and religious leaders seem to suggest the same basic practices—mindfulness, focusing on the moment, having compassion for others, and expressing and demonstrating gratitude.
Maybe that is why everyone feels so wonderful at Christmas. Each of these practices has a place in the traditional celebration. Maybe that is why the celebration of Christmas starts so early!
Give yourself and your loved ones the gift of a more centered and loving you by developing some of these as daily practices.