Speaking of Joy: The Holiday Happy List

This is day 8 of our “25 Days to See Joy” in our holiday journey.

I hope the exercise, inspired by the writings of Helen Keller, has created more joyful moments for you this holiday season. 

Keep writing those 3 things down.  I’ve noted two things thus far today - on my palm, of course!

The holiday season often takes on a life of its own -- shopping, decorating, and cooking along with all the other demands of the month.

It’s easy to loose sight of why you’re doing all this work in the first place, right? 

So maybe now is a good time to just stop, take a deep breath and see if our holiday “happy” strategy is on track.

I love the idea that we can “never make too much happy.”  It’s true.  

Several years ago, I had the best Christmas I could remember since my children were itty-bitty. 

And none of the things I stressed about created that happiness.   The decorations hadn’t changed.  The menu and the recipes were all the same.  I don’t even recall a single gift I received that year – or any I gave either.

And yet wow!

What a happy time it was and here’s why:   our entire family plus our collective 5 dogs stayed inside, in our pajamas, together, for almost four straight days.

Linda Sterling Sease, Speaking of Joy

We slept late, stayed up late, the kids played every game imaginable, we ate leftovers, we enjoyed the puppies and best of all?  We rarely picked up our cell phones.

It was more happy than I could have ever imagined.

And yet it had nothing to do with any of the things I had stressed about in the weeks prior.

Turns out, making too much happy is simpler than we think.

What would your holiday look like if you made too much happy?   Would all the things you’re focused on right now be on your too happy list?

I hope so.

Until next week, here’s to a life is full of joy and gratitude and way too much happy!

See you soon,


Linda Sterling Sease is a professional speaker, career coach & writer on the power of joy to transform companies, homes and communities.  To explore how Linda can work with your organization, call 303-319-5829 or email her at Linda at SterlingSease.com.