By Bronwyn Ison

The holidays are truly the most wonderful time of the year … for most of us.  Some of us suffer with being sick, grieving, being overwhelmed and stressed.  Do your best to remain positive even when the holiday season can be tough.  Here are some ways to be joyous and embrace peace and love.

Volunteer.  Sharing your time with others in need can reap incredible rewards both personally and obviously for those who are receiving.  A kind gesture or sharing time with someone in need can make a world of difference in each others life. 

Compliments. This is a free gift to everyone.  Compliment the store cashier on what a great job they are doing at such a busy time of year.  Share with the mother who’s standing in line with her screaming child that you’ve been there before and you understand. (I have this t-shirt).

Watch inspiring or Christmas movies.  Enjoy a little cuddle time on the couch with a loved one and watch an old movie.  Or, call a friend and ask them to come by for a hot chocolate and a relaxing afternoon while watching a feel-good movie. 

Enjoy your down time.  Because it’s a busy time of year for most of us… relish in the down time you have.  This can be a great time to read a book, exercise more, or do some winter house cleaning to prepare for the New Year.

Whatever suits your fancy, do was makes you and others feel good. Most of all have fun and relax. 

Bronwyn Ison is the owner of Evolve Yoga and