Do you find yourself sitting at your desk this holiday season not feeling the “Peace on Earth” and “Tis the season to be Jolly”? Is it too easy to place yourself in the “Bah, Humbug” category? I have felt the same once or twice this Christmas season and these 5 tricks have reminded me that:


“Christmas, children, is not a date. It is a state of mind.” – Mary Ellen Chase

“I will honor Christmas in my heart, and try to keep it all the year.” – Charles Dickens


  1. Find 5 minutes between meetings and projects for peaceful holiday acoustic sounds or classical Christmas orchestras to get you in the mood. Studies have shown that when doing repetitious tasks music can make the time go by faster and the work more enjoyable. On the other hand, it is proven listening to music will interfere with learning new things.
  2. Decorate! White calms me and sets me in a peaceful mood, so I have some snow décor and don’t put up too many distractions. I drew up some snowmen (during my lunch break!) that are cheerful. I also keep family photos nearby to remind me of people who care about me and want me to succeed.
  3. Count your blessings. There are so many things to be thankful for this holiday season, having a job is just one! Add some positive moments at work, and keep it nearby for reflection and encouragement.
  4. Remember that people around you may be going through hardships and battling their own holiday stress and need some grace.
  5. Finally, find a philanthropic activity such as funding a family, volunteer at a shelter, etc. This wonderful quote from the book The Happiness Advantage by Shawn Achor describes, “A long line of empirical research, including one study of over 2,000 people, has shown that acts of altruism—giving to friends and strangers alike—decrease stress and strongly contribute to enhanced mental health.”


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