The holidays are here and so are the many cheers and tears that come around this time of the year. For many, this is a blissful season of laughter, togetherness, gift exchanging, and creating fond memories. Yet for others, this can be a time of dreading family gatherings, feelings of loneliness, and stressing over selecting the right gift for a loved one, co-worker, acquaintance, or a neighbor. Whichever stance you take, one thing for sure is, when you put the following Three T's into action, your holiday can flow a lot smoother and leave more time and space for you to enjoy good tidings of comfort and joy.

Being Thoughtful. The true spirit of the holiday is to bring joy to loved ones, acquaintances, and strangers alike. Giving is as rewarding as receiving. When you give or send a gift to someone, you are presenting them with an expression of yourself. Keep in mind, it's not the cost of the gift that matters, but it is the thought that counts. You don't have to affix a high price tag to depict value, but do place a high level of thoughtfulness to show how much you care. Many people have different ideas of what the holiday season means to them personally. But no matter how diverse each person's opinion may be, the common thread is, everyone loves to receive a thoughtful gift. Whether for corporate, romantic, or friendly giving, gift baskets are thoughtful and ideal for every need. In your entire gift giving, be sure to include yourself on your shopping list for loved ones (don't forget to treat yourself to something special-you deserve it).

Being Thankful Although we may not be able to control every single circumstance that occurs in our lives, we can however, control our personal outlook and reaction to whatever experiences we may encounter this holiday season. Developing a thankful attitude for both the great and small blessings can be a very rewarding way of life. This viewpoint can help to brighten your holiday season by invigorating your mind, uplifting your spirit, and inspiring your soul. To create and enhance this reality, set aside some quality time to quietly reflect on the people, places, and things that you're grateful for. Record your thoughts in a private journal which you can label "My Attitude of Gratitude." Everyday, for at least ten minutes, find and write at least three things which you are thankful for. Once you get into the habit of doing this, just watch how blissful and joyful each day will be.

Be Truthful. William Shakespeare famously wrote, "To thine own self be true." When we take time to truthfully examine who we are, where we're heading, and what we would like to achieve, in comparison to who we once were, where we've come from, and what we've accomplished thus far, it gives us a sense of purposeful balance. Balance leads to peace of mind. When you obtain peace within, it brings a smile to your heart and laughter to you lips. There is neither stress nor fear. Therefore, being true to yourself (and truthful with yourself), can help to bring added joy and delightful purpose to your holiday season. Here's to wishing you this season's best. Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to you!

Author's Bio: 

Dr. Grace Cornish Livingstone, on-air staff psychologist for the former Queen Latifah TV show, is one of America's foremost relationship consultants. An award-winning, bestselling author of ten popular books, is currently the popular relationship columnist for the London-based Pride magazine. I recommend romantic gift baskets for couples and romantic gift baskets for all romantic occasions.