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25 Ways to Become Happy Today: Holiday Edition!

Let’s Get Happy!

Do you find yourself more depressed than usual during the holiday season? The holidays can be a reminder of past memories and people we miss. In fact, the holidays can also bring about weather that keeps us indoors and away from sunlight. If we aren’t careful, we may find ourself slipping into a bit of depression. But fear not! There are some fun and creative things we can do to get ourselves happy now!

25 ways to become happy today

25 ways we can become happy immediately!

  1. Tour a real Christmas Tree Farm.
  2. Take a Christmas picture with Santa. Yes, YOU too Mom!
  3. Grab your hairbrush microphone and videotape yourself singing along to some holiday songs. HELLO Mariah Carrie Christmas!
  4. Pick up the book or magazine you are saving for when you have time. Give yourself an hour of alone time to read. Hint: Now is the time!
  5. Volunteer at your local homeless shelter. Giving is linked to lifting moods!
  6. Attend a tree lighting with your family.
  7. Head to Julian or Mount. Laguna to build a snowman.
  8. As soon as you hear rumors of snow: Go Sledding! Mom too!
  9. Take the crew ice skating. The Hotel Del Coronado is a festive way to skate.
  10. While you are already there, be sure to visit the Hotel Del’s Christmas tree and tour the site to see all of their holiday decorations.
  11. Color! Have you seen the fun adult coloring books you can get from Michaels or order online?
  12. Call Santa!
  13. Gather your girlfriends and head out for a festive wine and paint night.
  14. Bake cookies or bread for your nearest neighbors. Not only is it fun to give, but your house will smell good! Hint: Dollar Tree has amazing holiday tins for storing treats.
  15. Put some cider in your crockpot. Add cinnamon sticks, an orange slice, and a few cloves. Your entire family will love the aroma and enjoy sipping their holiday cider.
  16. Make snowman soup for you and the kids. 
  17. Have a game night. Besides, you’re never too old for Candyland.
  18. Cook the popcorn, pour the wine, and pop in our favorite holiday movie: ELF!
  19. Elf yourself.  Who doesn’t love seeing themselves as an elf?
  20. Write a letter of gratitude to someone who makes a difference in your life. 
  21. Tour some neighborhood Christmas lights with the kids or your favorite gal pals.
  22. Exercise! Have you checked out your local aerobics facility or bar class?
  23. Hit up one of our few remaining roller rinks and get skating! Perfect for rainy days.
  24. Do something spontaneous! Check out Groupon for local ideas and deals.
  25. Meet some new friends and learn about their holiday tradition! Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa: Life is more enjoyable when we celebrate each other!

It’s your turn! What do you do to lift your mood during the holiday season? We love to learn from our family of readers!

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16 Responses to 25 Ways to Become Happy Today: Holiday Edition!

  1. Krystal
    Krystal November 17, 2016 at 8:45 am #

    Love this! Holiday activities bring so much joy to my families hearts!! ❤

    • Christelle
      Christelle November 17, 2016 at 8:59 am #

      Yes Krystal!! ♡♡ Glad you enjoyed ?

  2. Harmony, Momma To Go November 17, 2016 at 11:53 am #

    these are great reminders that translate to everywhere. its good to stay away from the suck of the mall and other gimme gimme places this time of year

    • Christelle
      Christelle November 17, 2016 at 11:16 pm #

      Yes! And so fun to make traditions. Thanks for reading ?

  3. Christina Shoemaker November 17, 2016 at 12:29 pm #

    The snowman soup idea is so fun! I’ve never heard of that!

  4. Rochelle November 17, 2016 at 2:15 pm #

    These ideas are so fun! I’ll definitely be doing some of these with the kids!

    • Christelle
      Christelle November 17, 2016 at 11:19 pm #

      Thank you Rochelle! Glad you enjoyed ??

  5. Tay December 9, 2016 at 9:23 am #

    These are great ideas!!

  6. Jack December 9, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    I love this!!!!

  7. Collin December 9, 2016 at 9:24 am #

    I love this

  8. nadia forougi December 9, 2016 at 9:25 am #

    This is great!

  9. Karen Schroen December 9, 2016 at 9:26 am #

    Wonderful ideas! I have to get my family to do this! ??

    • Christelle
      Christelle December 10, 2016 at 9:33 am #

      Yes! Share this list with your family and let us know what happens 🙂

  10. Mika December 9, 2016 at 9:27 am #

    I love how you included helping the homeless in the list! Giving back truly makes the heart happy!!! Great list 10/10 🙂

    • Christelle
      Christelle December 10, 2016 at 9:34 am #

      It’s fun to give back during the holidays and all year round! Do you have a special project you do to give back? Let us know! We love new ideas.

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