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Didn't get a pony for Christmas?

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Cultivate the habit of being grateful for every good thing that comes to you, and to give thanks continuously. And because all things have contributed to your advancement, you should include all things in your gratitude.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson

There’s the smell of pork crackling happening in your oven, and your mother in law has desperately tried to take over the kitchen since she arrived. The aircon is on full blast but the kids keep running in and out of the house, the temperature is rising by the second it seems. Christmas came bright and early this morning, and you’ve barely had time to process that gift the hubby got you…Did he even read the list you sent him this year?

When we were children it was easy to focus on the gifts, it’s the best part of Christmas! Waking up early to see what fabulous goodies were bestowed upon you, it’s the highlight of any kids day that resonates the rest of the year. We are rewarded for being GOOD, how is this even possible? This ideology is deceiving to the smallest of children and carries forward for the rest of our lives. 

There is nothing wrong with the act of giving gifts or receiving them, yet it seems the growing trend is to focus only on that, everything else comes second. Our family time should be cherished. The greatest treasure of all is our network of family and friends. Showing our gratitude towards each other is the greatest gift you can give this season.

There are ten different definitions for the word ‘gratitude’ according to an article by Positive Psychology which provides a fascinating look at the role of gratitude in our daily lives. A heartfelt “Thank You’ goes a long way in our daily routines. This simple gesture leads to thoughtful actions and increased mindfulness for our well being. Who doesn’t want that this holiday season? A big “THANK YOU” from anyone can brighten your day.

So maybe this season if the hubby didn’t get the right gift, or the mum in law decided the turkey was too ‘dry’ by her standards, stop and thank them. They are the ones that are present in your life daily, attending any family outing and still having a laugh by the end of it. Start the new year off with positive thoughts and think about what you are grateful for. Take a moment for yourself each night and write it down. A gratitude journal is a great way to start the new year! Set an example and share what you are grateful for, each and every day.

We hope your holidays have been fantastic and we wish you a Happy New year from all of us at BWB!