•Some people have not had the time to connect with loved ones all year
•When last did you do something fun that was not work-related?
The festive season is upon us again, and I’m excited because every year ends in a season of joy, no matter its challenges. Globally, we get to experience festivities every year-end. The holidays are a time to enjoy being happy.
To be jolly means to be happy and cheerful. It denotes joy, fun, happiness, and a good time. I know that the concept of being jolly can be particularly challenging to some workaholic, competitive, high-performance entrepreneurs, and professionals, but the season is for us to put down our corporate weapons, put our feet up, and relax. This season, permit yourself a moment of joy and be happy because you deserve it. If you don’t know where to start, here are three good pointers.
Enjoy Laughter: I know you are a high-performance, busy professional who is always on the go, with no time for jokes, but when last did you enjoy a good belly laugh? When last did you let down your guard and let go? When last did you permit yourself to experience the deep joy that is found in laughing hard? If you can’t remember, it is time to give it a try. Laughter is one of life’s best gifts – and science confirms that it is medicine.
This season, share laughter with the people you love. Seize every opportunity to giggle and laugh at life’s little joys. Let your hair down. Also, laugh at yourself. Stop taking yourself too seriously, and enjoy your silly side for once. Let the healing power of laughter restore, and refresh you.
Enjoy Play: When last did you do something fun that was not work-related? When last did you roll on the ground with your kids? Work-life can sometimes rob us of the joys of leisure. In this period, engage in activities designed for pure fun. Here, playing golf to close a deal doesn’t count. Go dancing, play games with family and friends, go to the movies, etc. – do things that give you pure joy and have some fun.
Enjoy Deep Connections: Some people have not had the time to connect with loved ones all year. This is the time to go back to those relationships and rekindle the kindred spirit that you share. Make time to tend to your deep, non-transactional relationships. Let the bond and warmth from your close ties heal, refresh, and give you a new perspective on life. In this season, enjoy all the love that life has offered you.
Happy Holiday Season.
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