Single for the Holidays

If you are single, divorced, widowed, or recently separated, the holidays can be a difficult time. Here are 5 tips to having a happy holiday from psychologist and happiness expert Dr. Elizabeth Lombardo.

Be with friends — old or new. Social support is a proven buffer to depression. So spend time with people you like. If all of your friends are with their families, make new ones.  Look for people who are also alone and you might like to get to know better.

Volunteer. Reaching out to help others boosts your happiness in so many ways. Not only will you no longer be alone, but you will also feel great about helping other people. Volunteering boosts self-confidence and helps us appreciate what we have in our lives, rather than focusing on what we do not have.

Pick a Project. This may be a great time for that item on your to-do list that has been staring at you for a while: cleaning out a closet, organizing your photos, rearranging your bedroom.

Travel. Go somewhere — anywhere.

Take a “you” inventory. So often we go though life as if on automatic pilot. Take this opportunity to really figure out your strengths and your goals.  Research shows that making conscious decisions to spend your time applying your values and strengths promotes greater happiness and health. Happy holidays.

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