Getting into the Spirit

I spoke to someone recently who told me they just weren’t in the Christmas spirit. They are a very old friend, so I could remind them they said that every year.

They didn’t ask my advice so I didn’t tell them there are some ways to "catch" the Spirit of the holidays.

1) Forgive the past. We can sometimes fall victim to "Christmas Past," and memories of disappointments come marching in.

2) Care for yourself. Now’s the time to eat well, get out and exercise, and rent a movie you didn’t see in the theater.

3) Make others happy. Perhaps the most powerful tools for overcoming the holiday blues is to give to others. There are so many people in need this year that the fields are ripe with opportunities to love and care for others.

I feel better now. I gave my advice. Maybe my friend will read it.

Happy Holidays!

If you want others to be happy, practice compassion. If you want to be happy, practice compassion.

Dalai Lama