Cardigan: Street One, Top: Yes or No, Jeans: H&M, Boots: Chigo, Sunnies: Cerjo, Necklace: ? (but very nice!)
My Christmas holidays are the perfect moment to relax and to reflect. This year I am in Switzerland during my holidays, enjoying the beauty this country has got to offer in winter. Lots of winter walks and skiing, followed by cosy evenings with my family or friends (see this previous blogpost).
Looking back on the past year I can conclude that it has been a year that has taught me to be patient and thankful, two qualities that I will take with me in the year ahead.
Express your thanks!
Talking thankful: I have recently read an interesting article on the website of Harvard Health Publishing about the relationship between gratitude and happiness. People who express their thanks feel that they have much more to be thankful for than the ones that only think about it (let alone those who do not give it any thought at all). Feeling more thankful also leads to feeling happier. It basically comes down to the following:
“In positive psychology research, gratitude is strongly and consistently associated with greater happiness. Gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions, relish good experiences, improve their health, deal with adversity, and build strong relationships. Gratitude helps people refocus on what they have instead of what they lack.”
So, what I can give you as a tip for next year is to express your thanks more often, in speaking or in writing (more tips in the above mentioned article). That way you will look back on 2019 with a thankful heart, realising the many good things and people you have in your life.
Remember Cécile from the Resilience blogpost? She has got a huge jar in her living room and a staple of small writing paper next to it. She consistently writes down her thanks each day and the jar is steadily filling up with lots of gratitude. She has told me that is has created an enormous positive vibe in her life.
Well, a positive vibe is one of many things I wish all of you for 2019. Let it be a year full of happiness and health, good times together with family and friends, lots of good reads and many more small joys that add to your happiness. Remember that life is not about the one big thing, but about the many small.
Hope to see and hear from you on my blog or in real life (or both!).
Thanks for reading and a happy 2019!