A More Meaningful Holiday Season: Gratitude and Financial Mindfulness

Julia Carlson |

The holidays can be a stressful time of year, especially regarding money. There can be pressure to spend money on gifts, travel, and other festive activities. However, it is important to remember that the holidays are not just about spending money. The holiday season is about spending time with loved ones and celebrating the meaningful things of life.

Here are some ideas to reduce financial stress and anxiety by incorporating gratitude and financial mindfulness into your holiday celebrations:

  • Decide how much money you want to spend on gifts, travel, and other holiday activities.
  • Start your holiday shopping by making a list of all the people you want to buy gifts for and how much you want to spend on each.
  • When choosing gifts, focus on things that your loved ones will appreciate and use.
  • Do not feel pressured to buy expensive gifts. Homemade gifts, experiences, or less expensive heartfelt gifts can be even more meaningful.
  • If you are overwhelmed or pressured to spend money you do not have, do not be afraid to say no. It is okay to set financial boundaries.

Another approach to consider this holiday season is to create a tradition of volunteering. Ask your friends and family to join you as you volunteer your time for a local charity. Volunteering together is a wonderful way to give back to your community, build relationships, and show gratitude for all you have. Or you can create a new tradition as simple as watching a holiday movie together every year or baking a batch of cookies with your neighbors. After all this is the season of giving, not spending.

By practicing gratitude with your money over the holidays, you can reduce financial stress, focus on the non-materialistic aspects of the season, and have a more meaningful and enjoyable holiday season.

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