News Reality

Four Ways to Have a Fulfilling and Funtastic Holiday

by www.huffingtonpost.com
As the holidays draw closer, I find that I can hardly contain my excitement. This was not always the case. I dreaded holidays and breaks of any sort. To me, a day off from work was akin to jail time. At times like this, I would feel depressed and bored out of my mind. I saw the idea of "resting" as just another lame reason to justify being unproductive. That I did not burn out from too much work is a miracle in itself. Now I know better.Not only do periodic timeouts help prevent burnout, they also help increase productivity.Holidays, vacations and work leave have been shown by various studies to raise the level of happiness and productivity of employees in the workplace. Screenshot: Holidays Fast forward to today and I am no more the holiday-hating, anti-downtime individual I once was. I love the holidays and I look forward to them. However, it is important that you know that the holidays is worth much more than just a little down time. It is not the time to just sit at home alone in front of TV, soda in hand and watching every single rerun of every boring show on the planet. It is a time to have yourself some much-needed fun! So if you are the way I was - loving work more than anything else or just plain hating the holidays for some reasons (some justifiable, others preposterous) - you should seriously consider breaking out of your rut and enjoying times like these as they were meant to be enjoyed. Here are a few ways that you can have an absolute blast during the holidays - and live to tell the story, of course. 1. Enjoy the great outdoors Before the holidays, you probably spent a good chunk of everyday cooked up in some in some cubicle dealing with a heavy workload, bellowing managers and dangling on the precipice of frustration and a nervous breakdown. The holidays are here to offer you much needed respite from the nightmare of the office. Take advantage of the outdoors as much as you can. Sit at the front porch and just breathe in the fresh air. Run, jog or walk a mile or two when you can in the cool of the evening. I promise you, enjoying these simple outdoor pleasures can lift your mood as well as help prevent you from building "holiday fat". Besides, the outdoors - as I have experienced - can be a great source of inspiration for just about any endeavor. 2. Hang out with family and friends If you are married and/or have a family then you probably agree completely with the saying that "family is everything". Unfortunately, some of us are buried so deep in work and many other engagements (often by no fault of ours) that we never can find the time to enjoy the promise of this statement. The holidays are a good time to catch up with your family - your wife/husband, parents, siblings and kids. Play games with them, take them out, talk with them and do your favorite stuff together. Your very close friends (and your children's close friends too) are not exempt from this circle of people. Growing up I had a few very close friends - the type of friends that came over unannounced and ate my food in my absence. I have them and their families around almost every holiday and we have a swell time. It helps to build a relationship between your kids and your friends' kids organically while strengthening the bond you already have with your friends. Some good old family ties are not a bad idea. Screenshot: Hangout with family 3. Tour an exotic location in an unconventional manner This one is high on the list of things to do during the holidays. Go places you have never been before. Visit ancient ruins of lost cities, prehistoric caves and sites. It could be anything from the pyramids of Egypt to the Stone hedge monument or any of the Seven Wonders of the World, so long as it gives you a rush of excitement and arms you with a truckload of discussion material for later. Beyond the question of where to visit, there is also the issue of how to visit your chosen location. There is the conventional two story tour bus drive around town movement. I am personally bored of this method - I have done it so many times it has begun to feel stereotypical and numb. I discovered, however, that my boredom did not stem from visiting the same locations repeatedly, but from doing it the same way over and over again. Therefore, I took the unconventional route - via hot air balloon and it was an experience to die for! Talk about seeing a place from an "aerial" point of view! That is the first time I was in a gas chamber and did not need a gas mask!I was petrified at first, but it turned out to be safer than I thought. Your poison could be sky diving or my favorite - hot air balloon riding or any other less used method. If you are looking to get a rush out of your touring experience then the "road less traveled" is definitely the way to go. Screenshot: Air balloon riding 4. Volunteer to serve others and give back I do not know about you, but having a sense of fulfillment is part of my definition of fun. Is there a place you feel passionate about helping out in? Maybe an orphanage, soup kitchen, homeless shelter, youth center, local library or hospitals,get actively involved in such humanitarian services. What's more? The holidays are the perfect time to help in such places. You have all the time in the world now to take part in any endeavor close to your heart that will put a smile on the face of someone else.You could help do the dishes, sweep the place, and serve food or whatever else you can do. If for some personal reason - maybe injury or due to the doctor's orders - you cannot do any strenuous work, then get someone close to you to volunteer, maybe your kids and their friends. This will help inculcate in them the value of community and of doing good while also having fun.If all else fails, you can help by giving donations in cash and/or kind to help further accomplish the objective of your chosen place of service. I found that it is counter-productive to restrain yourself from such activities while your heart is in absolute disagreement with your decision. This will only lead to feelings of depression, anger,dissatisfaction and guilt among others. So, if you feel it is right, do it. That is a good way of wishing someone a happy holiday period.

-- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Post, and use is subject to our terms. It may be used for personal consumption, but may not be distributed on a website.


Read Full Article On www.huffingtonpost.com
Latest
Ken Barlow’s son has had a lot to cope with since arriving on Coronation Street earlier this year. He was left devastated when girlfriend Sinead Tinker terminated their unborn child behind his back
The setting was a flagship venue at the Tribeca Film Festival. But the voices were pure sports radio. "Hi, it's Mark from Bellmore?," said a man at the very back of the theater to the people on th
“The Fate of the Furious” is racing to defend its title at the top of the box office, while a number of new releases are being left in the dust.
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commer
Amber Dowding was taken to hospital at the start of the month [Amber Dowding/Instagram ] But now it seems the 23 year old has made a full recovery as she set about planning an exotic break
Ahead of last night's episode of Take Me Out, Paddy McGuinness took to Twitter to post a special message dedicated to contestant Charlie, who had sadly passed away since the epis
Malin Andersson revealed the results of her body transformation [James Curley] And now the 24 year old has showcased her new body in full, as she headed out for a wild night out on April 22.&nbs
FUN. It was a fun party that singing businesswoman Hildi Montesclaros a.k.a. Ate Ging organized to mark her 69th birthday at Cebu Southtown Center last Thursday. Her family, relatives and close friend
During the legendary event today, Matthew who was competing as part of the Swansea Harriers running club, was nearing the finishing line when he spotted exhausted runner David Wy
Queen Elizabeth II love her pet dogs [Getty] The dogs favoured by Queen Elizabeth have been in the royal family since Her Majesty was just seven years old. The Queen famously admitted that her co
Bradley Walsh’s game show is just going on a break.
function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commer
Hello! I’m Mark Olsen, and welcome to another edition of your regular field guide to a world of Only Good Movies. The L.A. Times’ Summer Movie Sneaks published Sunday, and it is reliably full of i
As deliciously trenchant and barbed as her past works, Fay Weldon’s “Before the War” takes up where her recent “Long Live the King” left off.
A woman falls for a charmer with a suspicious past in “What’s Become of Her,” by Seattle author Deb Caletti.
Here’s a collection of some favorite nonfiction books about the Great War, perfect for the reader who wants a refresher, or wants to better understand this important centenary.
Laura Dowling’s new book is “Floral Diplomacy at the White House,” which contains a number of juicy details about decorating drama at her former place of employment, along with anecdotes about flower
The NWSO was founded when then-UW grad student Anthony Spain decided that instead of chasing the typical guest-conducting gigs, he’d create an orchestra that focused on local composers. Thirty years
The 16-year-old singer/songwriter decided to audition on Britain's Got Talent using his own song called Lifeline in which he apologies to his girlfriend.  However, before Reuben audi
TNT says it has set a July 10 premiere date for "Will," its new drama series about renowned playwright William Shakespeare.
TNT says it has set a July 10 premiere date for "Will," its new drama series about renowned playwright William Shakespeare.
Turner Classic Movies says it has tapped actor Alec Baldwin to host its cinema-centric program "The Essentials."
Take Me Out: Contestant Charlie sadly died before his episode aired on TV [ITV] On Saturday Paddy McGuiness dedicated the show to the young man, who died suddenly shortly after filming. And now,
Ivan Moody says he is not leaving Five Finger Death Punch, despite media reports claiming he is.
The next installment in James Cameron's "Avatar," sci-fi series is to hit theaters in 2020.
No, really. The post While You Were Offline: Sarah Palin Brought Ted Nugent and Kid Rock to the White House appeared first on WIRED.
The program debuts on the National Geographic Channel on April 25.
The concert series in Benaroya Hall’s lobby offers adventurous, “no compromises” programming. On April 28, the program includes “Andy Warhol Sez” and “Tinkling or killing time in an airport lounge (a
‘Hillbilly Elegy’ tops nonfiction best-seller list
The season-four premiere features plenty of action, including the search for Pied Piper funding.
Emma Willis has been enjoying her time in Disney [Emma Willis/Instagam] The Celebrity Big Brother and Voice UK presenter is enjoying some timeout in Disneyland Paris. Sharing a picture of herself

Recent News

Kabanhawan on a Tuesday

FUN. It was a fun party that singing businesswoman Hildi Montesclaros a.k.a. Ate Ging organized to mark her 69th birthday at Cebu Southtown Center last Thursday. Her family, relatives and close friend
Read Full Article

Rouhani: Ill-wishers trying to prevent Iran’s path of success

Qazvin, April 23, IRNA -- President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday that Iran is now paving the path of success and progress as ill-wishers are trying to create obstacles to hinder such advances.
Read Full Article

Around 54% turnout in Delhi municipal polls

The national capital today recorded a turnout of around 54 per cent in the municipal polls amid complaints of faulty EVMs, with Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal leading the charge. Following a sluggi..
Read Full Article

New steel policy soon, says Minister

The Centre will announce a new steel policy soon after obtaining the Cabinet clearance and the policy will address many issues that have been pending for a long time and it will enable the country a.
Read Full Article

Exit polls predict BJP sweep in Delhi local body elections

Low turn-out, EVM flaws mark elections to three municipal corporations
Read Full Article

Wind power industry in TN up in arms as Tangedco seeks to ‘verify captive status’

Power discom wants to prevent generators from fudging numbers to get exemptions
Read Full Article

A software firm that aims to make rural youth better employable

BBSSL recruits graduates from rural India, invests in them through rigorous skilling process and practical assignments, and employs them in the IT industry
Read Full Article

J&K keen to include realty, power in State’s GST law

Proposal put forth at Council meeting, but was not approved, says State Finance Minister
Read Full Article

To realise ‘New India’ vision, States too must pitch in: PM

Modi makes a case for shifting the financial year to January-December
Read Full Article

Popular Finance

Toyota past and present

       
Read Full Article
 

Beer Man: Door County superbly channels British-style porters

Polka King Porter has chocolate and toffee malt notes, a bit of coffee roast and slight sweetness.        
Read Full Article
 

I've lost my Gmail password: Now what?

How to get back into a Gmail account without a “recovery email”        
Read Full Article

California could finally resume executions next year

California has long been what one expert calls a "symbolic death penalty state," one of 12 that has capital punishment on the books but has not executed anyone in more than a decade. Prodded by vo
Read Full Article

A Star Is Born: Dev Patel is 27 today

Read Full Article

Does travel planning leave you scratching your head? Try Wheresgood.to

Here’s a website than can answer that age-old question, “Where’s a good place to go?” Name: Wheresgood.to What it does: It’s a no-frills online tool for getting travel inspiration. The front page
Read Full Article

Ben Ehrenreich appears on the panel 'Humanizing Conflict' at noon

Read Full Article

Clinton Kelly on the Los Angeles Times Main Stage at 11 a.m.

Read Full Article

John Lewis, Civil Rights hero and Congressman from Georgia, spoke with the co-authors of his graphic novel March

Read Full Article