With each flip of the calendar page, you can create joy in your life.
1. Give thanks at Thanksgiving — and year ’round.
Feeling and expressing gratitude stimulates feelings of joy and happiness. Studies show that people who keep a daily gratitude journal have a more positive attitude and sleep better than those who don’t. So what are you grateful for?
2. Celebrate the season of giving.
Focus on the true meaning of the holidays — giving — to stir positive emotions. A study of 2,000 people over a five-year period found that those who described themselves as “very happy” volunteered at least 5.8 hours a month. Other studies link giving back to less pain, lower blood pressure, and reduced rates of depression. This holiday season, consider volunteering your time at one of Spectrum Retirement’s community events or for a worthwhile cause.
3. Spring into a new you.
Honor the season of new beginnings by trying something new. Take that watercolor class you’ve always wanted to try. Ask your dinner companion to teach you chess. New hobbies stimulate your brain and may boost happiness. A 2017 study showed people who took part in leisure activities reported 34 percent less stress and 18 percent less sadness.
4. Engage in summer play.
Summer’s longer days mean more time to hike, bike, and otherwise enjoy the outdoors. In the spirit of the season, commit to at least 30 minutes of physical activity a day. Hit the pool, walk the grounds, or attend one of Spectrum Retirement’s many fitness classes.
5. Fall reflection.
Autumn is harvest time, an ideal season to reflect and embrace changes to come. What good did you experience this year? Fall is also the time to widen our perspective. Before the year ends, find a new book to read or attend an educational class or lecture. A positive attitude makes learning fun!