How Can You Feel the Magic of the Season?

I love anything that feels like magic. . .fireworks, lights, a really good movie, theme parks, candles, s’more making, sunsets, gardens blooming, huge waterfalls, sunrises, most kids, puppies, books that take you away, and of course, the magic of the holidays!

horsesKids at this time of year try to be on their best behavior to ensure the proper number of toys. They aren’t scared to tell you exactly what they want with an enthusiasm and passion too many of us can no longer grasp. They will giggle with wide eyes of delight at the light displays and clap, sing, and dance to the tunes on the radio. They have no inhibitions about wearing red, green, reindeer ears and nose, or a santa hat. They will spring out of bed early on the day filled with anticipation of presents. They feel the magic of the season, do you?

ThorTrue, we have more cares, worries, and responsibilities than our younger peers but just because most of us no longer believe in Santa doesn’t mean we can’t aim to fully enjoy this time of year. Focus on how happy you will make others with your delicious cookies instead of complaining about the crowded trip to the grocery store. Find the joy in coming together with loved ones. Choose to spend your holidays with those who make you feel good and do activities you want to do.Let go of some of your obligations. Put yourself on your gift shopping list. Do something that requires glitter. Sit by a real fire with a hot drink and a new book. Sing at the top of your lungs while sipping eggnog. Have fun, help out, play santa, initiate a tradition, go sledding, have a snowball fight, ice skate, try a new holiday cocktail, gather with friends, go for a walk through the snow-covered trees (or any trees of you don’t have snow), breathe deeply, relish every moment, and take time to reflect.

Discover what feels like magic to you and get more of it into your life today.

 

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Why You Should Love Giving!

“I learned long ago that those who are the happiest are those who do the most for others.” Booker T Washington

Giving

You cannot give to someone without giving to yourself.

Deepak Chopra’s second law, in his book The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success is the law of giving. In his book he states   ” if you want joy, give joy to others; if you want love, learn to give love; if you want attention and appreciation, learn to give attention and appreciation; if you want material affluence, help others to become materially affluent. In fact, the easiest way to get what you want is to help others get what they want. This principle works equally well for individuals, corporations, societies, and nations. If you want to be blessed with all the good things in life, learn to silently bless everyone with all the good things in life. “

Instead of being stressed out about buying presents, get excited for all the giving you get to do at this time of year! When you give, give for the pure joy of giving. Don’t have expectations of something in return and never overextend yourself to the point of becoming bitter. Giving grudgingly is not giving. Give because you want to make someone’s day a little bit better, and without you even trying it will make your day better too.

Here are few simple ways you can give:

Write a thank you note

Donate a blanket or coat

Give a heartfelt compliment

Give away books

Send a handwritten letter

Speak to a store manager about a great employee

Play Santa

Leave an amazing tip

When you get your coffee or tea get one for someone else

Give an hour of undivided attention to a loved one.

What are the best things you’ve given? What is the best giving thing you have done this week? What is the best thing someone has given to you?