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Ho Hum…Staying Happy when Christmas is Over

They say it’s the most wonderful time of the year! But the most wonderful time of year is technically over so does that mean that the rest of the year is terrible? Of course not! But the day after Christmas can be a bit of a letdown after we’ve enjoyed a wonderful day with our family, feasting, and opening presents. But rather than miss our Christmas memories, let us be glad that we had them and may we carry them on through the New Year!
So here are some ways to keep that Christmas joy in your heart after the 25th:
1. Enjoy your gifts: You may not have Barbie dolls or Hot Wheels to play with, but it is fun to look at your gifts and put everything in its place. I actually make a little display and take a picture to remember all the wonderful things I received.
2. Write thank you notes: It’s as much of a Christmas tradition for me as opening the presents themselves. You may think it’s outdated or unnecessary, but there is no better way to make your family and friends feel like their gift to you was meaningful.
3. Approach the scale with caution: Believe me, from personal experience, it wasn’t a pretty picture.
4. Give yourself time: It’s okay to make the holiday season last a little longer. It can be a harsh shock to the system if you go on a crash diet and three hour gym session the day after Christmas. You’ll start dreading the holiday knowing what comes after it. Be easy on yourself.
5. Make future plans: Christmas shouldn’t be our only excuse to be with the people we love. This year we used part of Christmas to make plans for later in the year. Studies show that you are happier when you have something to look forward to—so Boulder, Colorado (to celebrate Grandma’s 80th birthday), here we come!
I hope you had a fantastic Christmas filled with holiday cheer and your favorite people!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

The Spirit of the Season

It’s Christmas mania here. I know every line of “Christmas Vacation,” my eyes are burning from the massive amount of onions cooking, and my head is whirring with none other than Alvin and the Chipmunks Christmas Collection. “I still want a hula hoop!” You know the one. With so much madness, it’s important to still find peace in our hearts and minds.
I took a yoga class last night and it was the perfect way to get that peace that I needed. I think it can be so easy to get wrapped up in all of the madness. Literally—I’ve been wrapping presents endlessly! But in all seriousness, as we approach one of the most special days of the year, I encourage you to take a deep breath and just relax. No matter what you’re doing this year, whether you’re with your family, your friends, or your goldfish, try to find it in your heart to remember the true meaning of the holiday season.
To give and to love.
More than the presents, more than the food, and more than all the decorations, may we simply enjoy each other’s company. It’s been a tradition for me to watch family videos around this time of year and it saddened me to see how things can change. As we celebrate this year’s Christmas, some of the people who were in those videos are no longer with us. It was a reminder of how we need to treasure the people that we have in our lives TODAY. So much can happen in a year; let us be thankful for the blessings that we have right now and may we be thankful for the happiness that we share together!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook

Hibernating with the Winter Blues

With so much rain in California (sorry for all of you that were hoping to come home to abundant sunshine), I’ve heard a lot about the winter blues lately. Perhaps more than we realize, there really is something special about the sunshine and how it affects our mood. It is a natural source of happiness and without at least 15 minutes of direct sunshine on a daily basis, it’s much easier to feel down and out. I know I certainly haven’t felt as chipper lately. This rain makes me want to curl into a ball and hibernate like a little brown bear.
Many of us don’t have much to complain about though—living in California at least. It’s easy to take it for granted; 50 degrees and we think we’re freezing. But for many of us living in other parts of the country, like Colorado, Indiana, and Washington, 50 degree weather can be a nice, sunny day. But no matter where you live, it’s important to get your daily dose of actual sunshine to keep your spirits high. And if the sun seems to be in its own state of hibernation, then be sure to get your source of sunlight elsewhere. Vitamin D pills do wonders I hear and many people invest in sun lamps for their homes.
As much as I hope you have a white Christmas (the whitest my Christmas will get is watching the movie; that’s what you get for living in Southern California), I also hope that you’ll get plenty of sunshine to warm your body and heart!
Keep shining,
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
The Sunny Girl, Lauren Cook
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