This is a guest post by Kacey Mya Bradley
It’s the most wonderful time of the year, but that doesn’t mean everyone is in the holiday spirit. In reality, 2016 has been hard for people around the globe — it might be hard for those around you to muster up the festiveness that’s normally so salient in December.
In order to help the ones you love to find a sense of balance and positivity, you might want to try picking up one of the following four gifts. They’re not particularly extravagant, but they are going to show someone how much you care — and that might just be enough to turn some frowns upside-down.
1 – Journal
For adults, the idea of keeping a journal might seem a bit juvenile, as so many of us had diaries protected by lock and key as kids. But there are so many surprising benefits of writing down the way that you’re feeling, especially as an adult.
For those in need of more positivity, writing out emotions helps improve one’s sense of emotional intelligence. That means your loved one will be able to better understand why he or she is feeling a particular way — and is more likely to come up with a proper solution because of it. Plus, journaling will make a person more mindful, a state of mind that makes one so in-tune with what’s happening at the moment that neither the past nor present can cause as much anxiety.
Of course, there are more benefits to journaling: daily writing can improve one’s creativity, help someone achieve goals and sharpen memory. And, if you need any more selling points, you can find some seriously cute-looking journals — don’t forget to wrap it up with an equally as nice pen!
2 – Yoga Lessons
This gift won’t be for everyone, but perhaps an adventurous or active friend will be willing to try out yoga. It’s a tried-and-true method of increasing one’s positivity for several reasons.
For one, our posture is intrinsically linked to our positivity. By adopting a positive, straight-up stance, a person can use her body to show her mind that she’s facing the world in an optimistic, positive way.
Improved strength, flexibility and straightened spine can also send a message to someone’s mind that he or she is a powerful person. Feeling good about oneself can only increase a person’s sense of optimism.
3 – Books
Here’s an idea that’s a bit more straightforward: a self-help book designed to boost a reader’s internal positivity. There are so many options when it comes to buying a book of this nature, too. And many people have read these books and felt the effects of them almost instantaneously.
Your only challenge will be to present the gift in a way that’s lifting someone up instead of calling someone out for a less-than-stellar outlook; you might want to try presenting it with a greeting card (see below for more details). In the end, though, trying to help someone become a better person is a great gift that will be appreciated in the long run — we can promise that.
4 – Greeting Card
Finally, if you’re feeling particularly verbose this holiday season, you can use your own words to lift someone up. First, you’ll have to pick up a handmade greeting card that’s custom to the person to whom you’re sending it. That way he or she will know right away that your gift is from the heart.
Then, pour your heart into the interior of the card. What do you love about this person? Why should he or she have a better outlook? You don’t have to spell it out in such clear terms, but writing how you feel about a person can make him or her feel great in return. And, there’s a positive for you, too: you don’t have to spend a ton of money to send a personalized, positive note to someone you love.
What positivity-enhancing presents will you give out this year? Let us know in the comments section below if you have an idea or a suggestion to add to our list!
Now, get out there, enjoy your shopping and spread positive vibes this holiday season.
Kacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.
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