Want more mental zip this holiday season? Exhausted by expectations you can’t afford? Wish for a party that jump starts your Mojo over the holiday break? Do also check out amazing holiday offerings from a few dynamo secondary teacher colleagues at the end of this post!
Rather than ride Grinch trains along tired tracks, why not ring-in a magical holiday season with priceless holiday returns? The best part? Gifts can come free!
Everybody loves a seasonal surprise!
Since brains reorganize with action, why not jump-start your gift- giving-gala with active fun neuro tasks? Amp up free festivities and at the same time, grace your holiday celebration with sheer fun.
First, open personal presents to ensure your most confident, courageous, ready-to-roll-you transforms your gift. Then give as if you were about to launch mental magic for genius recipients. How so?
Design priceless gifts for free – and add game-changer holiday takeaways.
GIVE to …
1. Support somebody’s new idea and watch holiday gloom re-shape into a sparkling new view for that person. Did you know that supported minds can increase IQ? What if you show 3 people how their talents are golden holiday gifts?
2. Offer laughter that benefits all. Humor changes the chemistry of brains by ramping up serotonin drugs. have you ever seen dangerous mental chemicals fade into holiday hilarity whenever you exchange sarcasm for a laugh or two that benefits all. What if you tell a comical holiday story that laughs at yourself?
3. Bring music to shut-ins. Singing together rebuilds trust so that differences emerge as gifts. Pelle Ahlerup, U of Gothenburg showed how singing together adds oxytocin, the trust chemical. What if you gathered friends to sing holiday tunes in a senior’s home or hospital?
4. Tame tigers of holiday anxiety. For some people frustrations are fueled by disappointments or the anxiety of “I’ll give if you give back syndrome” so that holiday magic dies. Show a discouraged or anxious friend how to tame the brain’s amygdala and watch bad moods lighten into fun and frivolity. Exchange disappointments for delight today by being good to you, telling yourself what you like about you and mean it. Then, invite a friend or peer to help you plan a cheery surprise for somebody with less this holiday?
5. Flip your filter for a finer look. Look at the holiday celebration through another person’s eyes, and you’ll open new neuron pathways into cheer. What if you listened to a friend’s holiday expectations – and then suggest one possibility that would enhance that person’s dream? Other people experience gifts in different ways – and to hear that person is to give the gift of listening.
6. Whistle while you work. Prepare holiday fun to music that rings in merriment. Music changes brain wave speeds and lightens moods. What if you were to plan a musical extravaganza as this YouTube of a mall flash mob?
7. Hook tough stuff onto a magical possibility. Since the brain’s frontal region switches between “difficult times” and “magic moments,” hook to wonder in order to replace worry. What if you were to help somebody hook a holiday memory onto a difficult situation to brighten both?
8. Unpack multiple intelligences to capture seasonal spirit that many miss. Watch this homeless man sing of hope and holiday “diamonds in the sky,” for instance! What if you value a holiday gift (or intelligence) from an unlikely place this season?
9. Animate your IQ. Brains literally rewire daily based on our lively actions. The Grinch may use poor tone as a silent killer, but practice good tone to shout holiday cheer in new more animated lingo? Any ideas that would help you add good tone to animate more IQ this season?
10. Thank somebody who least expects gratitude. Encourage gratitude and teach thanks in ways that shape joyous celebrations for all? What if you thanked at least one person daily before the holiday, by naming one specific thing that person did well for you or others? If you’ve received a sincere thank you from a child for who you are, how you think, or what you like to you – you know the power of thanks in the wrapping of GIFT!
Oh, and one final holiday brain-booster –
Speak a person’s name to spike personal wellbeing to complete your gift-wrap.
What will you do today to reboot your brain for a more festive gift-giving season?
Find gifts in your beliefs! If belief or faith is yours this holiday you’ve likely also discovered additional meanings for giving along with new delights for receiving. Meaning that motivates what you give to others. How so? My belief and faith come from Christianity where scripture reminds us that God so loved us that he gave his only son! No day passes without my gratitude for that gift! Yes, a huge cost was paid for a gift that changes my life daily when I remember the power and grace of unmerited favor handed to me because I am valued. No gift I give can compare! No gift I receive can flood my day with gratitude for the unconditional love and grace this gift adds from my Creator. Over years it has unwrapped itself in ways that coax me through tougher days and propel me to new heights when storm clouds lift. You?