Being Satisfied in a Down Economy
The recession has had a big impact on many, if not most Americans. Lots of us are out of work. The value of our houses and 401ks are down. And now the gift-giving season looms. Talk about a challenging time to not get the blues!
But let’s keep it real, or optimistic anyway. One good thing about being stymied in the pursuit of wealth is the chance to discover the things that truly give long-lasting happiness.
Here are nine solid tips for keeping on the bright side through the holidays and beyond, as we ride out the recession and recovery.
Sunny Side Tips
1. Instead of buying material objects, spend your money on experiences (like travel or a cooking class) and pursue meaningful life goals that engage and challenge you.
2. Forget the past and don’t worry about the future. Say no to regret and anxiety by being present in the present!
3. Ditch the complainers. Make an effort to spend time around positive and cheerful people to be happier.
4. Remind yourself of your strengths and not your weaknesses.
5. Be actively grateful. Write down what you are grateful for, even tiny things. And keep writing, jotting down positive dreams for the future will up your happiness level too! According to the Wall Street Journal, studies have shown that adults who often feel grateful are more energetic, optimistic, happier and more social. AND grateful people earn more, sleep better, exercise more and have greater resistance to infections. AND kids who regularly give thanks tend to be less materialistic, get better grades, set higher goals, have fewer headaches and stomach aches and feel more satisfied with their friends, families and schools than those who don’t. Wow! Great reasons to grow an attitude of gratitude!
6. Be nice. Acts of kindness to others is an act of kindness to yourself because they make you happier.
7. Get plenty of sleep, exercise and nutrition.
8. Stop feeling like you don’t have enough by doing something generous, which doesn’t have to involve spending money or giving gifts. Giving blood is one example, and so is lending a helping hand or being with those who need company.
9. Remember, there can be advantages to being more frugal, such as families doing more interesting, “unplugged” activities together and cooking healthy meals instead of eating take out or fast food. Also donating or selling possessions accumulated over the years can be liberating.
In the words of American journalist George Lorimer, “It's good to have money and the things that money can buy, but it's good, too, to check up once in a while and make sure that you haven't lost the things that money can't buy.”
What are your tips for keeping your chin up? As for us, we’d like to say that one of the many, many things, we’re grateful for is True Citrus users like you, who have embraced our vision of more convenient, all-natural citrus to add healthy flavor to our lives.
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