- Gratitude — Thanksgiving reminds us to pause and celebrate the blessings in our life. Beginning a regular Gratitude practice is a fantastic way to boost your well-being.
- Generosity — Whether we take a dish to share at Grandma’s house on Thanksgiving, leave that fabulous parking spot at the mall for the person behind us, or send a donation to our favorite charity, ’tis the season for giving! Generosity helps us feel connected with others and reduces stress on our health. It is the gift that keeps on giving.
- Kindness — Will we be on the Nice List or the Naughty List? The holiday season reminds us to practice kindness toward others as well as towards our self. If our partner has a really annoying habit of narrating every step while cooking dinner, then we might practice kindness by playfully joining in as a co-announcer on the Wide World of Culinary Excellence! Or if we are aware of our inner Scrooge, we might lay off yelling at that part of ourselves during another holiday season. Instead, we can thank the miserly part for watching out for our financial health, yet ask that part to remember the Ghost of Christmas Future. Yikes!
- Playfulness — Holiday lights, cookie exchanges, caroling, new toys, the prospect of sledding and snow ball fights…need we say more?
- Faith — Whether you practice within a particular religious tradition or not, this time of year can bring out the best in us and in our neighbors. By reflecting on the blessings of the year, and making commitments to be at our best in the year ahead, we restore faith in ourselves, in our communities, and in the inherent goodness of humanity.
Explore your gifts by taking the VIA Strengths Survey, then intentionally share one or more of your strengths with others in your world.