Navigation Links
How to Extend Holiday Cheer
Date:11/25/2011

FRIDAY, Nov. 25 (HealthDay News) -- The sudden return to a normal routine after weeks of holiday cheer can cause some people to go into a funk, but an expert outlines ways you can continue the joy and excitement of the holidays year-round.

"A large part of happiness is anticipation. Thanksgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year's Eve and other holidays offer punctuated moments of joy we look forward to for weeks. While the celebration itself may be short-lived, the anticipation of the fun and excitement to come extends the feelings of positivity," Christian Waugh, an assistant professor of psychology at Wake Forest University, explained in a university news release.

He offered three steps to have an ongoing sense of anticipation and fun.

First, make plans for a combination of small and large celebrations throughout the year. This can include major vacations, spending a Friday night with friends, watching sports on TV, and personal milestones and achievements.

"Scheduling ahead and preparing appropriately is important," Waugh said. "Advance planning both helps build anticipation and reduces the likelihood of disappointment."

Then, allow yourself to look forward to the fun ahead and feel good about an anticipated positive experience. While there may be some stress involved in planning an event, don't let it overshadow the joy of anticipation.

"Research shows that resilient people are marked by the ability to recognize that stress and excitement can, and likely will, occur at the same time," Waugh noted.

And, finally, don't forget to immerse yourself in and enjoy the moment you've been planning.

"I can't stress enough the importance of actually enjoying the experience as it happens. After spending so much time and energy preparing for something, it can be too easy to let the moment pass and later feel let down that you were too exhausted or distracted to enjoy it," Waugh said.

"Take a deep breath and switch your focus away from the work that led up to the celebration, and forget about what comes next. Have fun. Then start looking forward to playing with that new toy or using your gift card on something exciting," he advised.

More information

The American Psychological Association offers tips to make the most of the holiday season.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Wake Forest University, news release, Nov. 18, 2011


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. UT MD Anderson study finds advances in breast cancer dont extend to older women
2. Radiation Plus Hormone Therapy Extends Life in High-Risk Prostate Cancer
3. Experts question merits of extending competition to improve hospital care
4. Extending the effective lifetime of stents
5. Scripps research scientist wins $3.6 million NIH Method to Extend Research in Time award to study alcoholism in Native Americans
6. Study Finds Savings From Medicares Drug Plan Extend Beyond Cost of Meds
7. Heartburn treatment may extend survival in IPF patients
8. Novel combined therapy extends life, diminishes pain in brain cancer patients
9. Extended sleep improves the athletic performance of collegiate basketball players
10. Study finds vaccine extends recurrent GBM survival rates by 2 to 3 times
11. Complexities of Autism Extend to Its Treatment
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
How to Extend Holiday Cheer
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 13, 2017 , ... Lori R. Somekh, founder of the Law Office ... of elder law and special needs planning attorneys. “Membership in ElderCounsel helps our office ... forum to network with elder law attorneys nationwide,” said Somekh. , ElderCounsel ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... 2017 , ... The Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) of Somerset Hills is proud ... and unique items from across the nation, this holiday-themed event will raise funds and ... the VNA. The boutique will be open Saturday, November 4 (10:00 a.m. – ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... October 13, 2017 , ... Yisrayl Hawkins, Pastor and Overseer at The House ... most popular and least understood books in the Holy Scriptures, Revelation. The Book of ... baffled scholars for centuries. Many have tossed it off as mere rubbish, but Yisrayl ...
(Date:10/13/2017)... ... ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field”: the story of a ... “The Journey: From the Mountains to the Mission Field” is the creation of published ... all ages and currently teaches a class of ladies at her church, which she ...
(Date:10/12/2017)... ... October 12, 2017 , ... CitiDent ... sleep apnea using cutting-edge Oventus O2Vent technology. As many as 18 million ... by frequent cessation in breathing. Oral appliances can offer significant relief to about ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:10/10/2017)... , Oct. 10, 2017   West Pharmaceutical ... innovative solutions for injectable drug administration, today shared the ... ID Adapter for improving the intradermal administration of polio ... Skin Vaccination Summit in May 2017 by Dr. ... Polio Department, World Health Organization (WHO), and recently published ...
(Date:10/4/2017)... Oct. 4, 2017 OBP Medical ... illuminating medical devices, today announced regulatory approval from ... Agency (or Agência Nacional de Vigilância Sanitária (ANVISA)) ... cordless surgical retractor with integrated LED light source ... illumination and exposure of a tissue pocket or ...
(Date:10/2/2017)... 2017 The Rebound mobile app is poised to ... the tide of prescription drug addiction. The app empowers users ... and stepping down their dosage in a safe, controlled manner ... 2017; the first 100,000 people to sign up will enjoy ... ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: