“In ordinary life, we hardly realize that we receive a great deal more than we give, and that it is only with gratitude that life becomes rich.” Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Last week I awoke with a sense of anxiety. An unsettling, restless feeling that I should be doing or had forgotten something. But what?

I learned these Christmas balls are plastic. Cool!

I learned these Christmas balls are plastic. Cool!

Even before Thanksgiving, I’d seen men with towering ladders stringing Christmas lights atop roofs. Pretty, but I’m content to admire theirs. Christmas balls appeared on trees around the neighborhood, perhaps giving me the feeling I should be decorating. But why would those lovely ornaments make me stressed?

I’ve read about stress over the years. Bottom line: It’s usually not good for our health. One study suggests that even positive events can cause stress. Yet some people seem to thrive on it. Is there no way to win? Battling traffic and watching the news are stressors for me. Both literally raise my blood pressure. But during the Holiday season, is it possible to avoid stressors and enjoy happiness?

It wouldn’t surprise me if many people would tell you no to this question. When it comes to the holiday season, everyone strives to make sure that it is the best that they can make it, especially when it comes to the food, gifts, and family get-togethers. For some people, it simply has to be perfect. So, it’s no wonder why my friend has thought about buying CBD oil in the UK as well as looking for the best company at the same time, to help make sure that she can get through this season stress-free and happy. I’ve heard a couple of people say that they’ve taken marijuana-based products before to try and reduce stress, so maybe I should consider looking into that method. There are so many different strains of marijuana, so it’s important to do some research. My friend said that she’s been looking for some thc crystals for sale to help her manage stress. Apparently, those crystals help people to feel more energetic too. That would be useful for the holidays, so it might be worth looking into those sorts of methods. I wonder how other people stay calm during the holidays.

Amish couple heading home after church service.

Old Order Amish couple heading home after church service in Lancaster County.

The Amish often come to mind. As a group they seem at peace, but in truth they carry challenges and disappointments of every sort, both emotional and financial. How do you think they cope? I heard a gentleman recently say, “The key to happiness is gratitude,” which he attributed to Hans Selye, an endocrinologist who studied in depth the bad effects of stress on the human body and mind. Especially this time of year, the world abounds with stressful situations and yet not an abundance of gratitude.

I think of the word entitlement. With the mindset that one is entitled, can gratitude be achieved? For people who feel entitled is it even possible to speak words of gratitude?

A fun display for the holidays!

A fun display for the holidays!

This season has been called the happiest time of the year. Are you feeling grateful or does the holiday hubbub stress you out? Is gratitude a natural emotion, or must we work at it? What could make you grateful in the worst of times?

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