As many of us make the journey to visit family and friends for the holidays this week, we are bound  to reflect back on 2014 and think about not just what we have accomplished, but also what we have left undone.  My advice is to cut yourself some slack, and after making your to-do list for 2015, let go of the bad and focus on the good.

We all have our sources of stress and sadness, but this holiday season try to take some time to unplug from everything and put things in perspective– a better perspective.  No matter how bad you think you have it, someone else has it far worse.  You can’t look at the glass as half empty– instead, you need to train your brain to see that glass as half full.

I cannot explain why I’m naturally wired to have a positive attitude, but I can tell you that positive thinking is an essential survival skill in life.  I’ve had to overcome some horrific challenges, and it is no secret that the only way most survivors are able to cope is because they believe that everything happens for a reason, and that it will all work out in the end.

So, this Christmas season, while I hope your wishes do come true, here is my wish for you: that you learn to harness the power of positive energy.  Here are three simple tips to help you on this path:

Peace– find inner peace for yourself by coming to terms with your past and your present, and then allow yourself to dream about your future.

Serenity– learn to accept certain truths while finding the will to change things you don’t accept as truths, and pray for the wisdom to know the difference.

Love– believe without a doubt that there is an unlimited ability within you to love and be loved for this is our true legacy– it will survive us long after we breathe our last breath.

Best wishes to you and yours for a wonderful Christmas!

By Regina A. DeMeo, Esq.