In the mood

There’s a larger than usual gap this year between the ideal portrayal of Christmas in advertising and what we are experiencing in reality.

Thanks to Covid, it just isn’t the same. It’s easier, and socially acceptable, to be more downbeat.

It’s also worth remembering that we have more control over our mood than we sometimes realise. And most of that control can be summarised in the axiom ‘mood follows action’.

When it comes to action, we have autonomy and when it comes to behaviour, we have a choice.

And while virus-dampening restrictions have certainly reduced the range of our available options, they don’t restrain us from actions that positively impact our mood. We can still move. We can still act generously. We can still seek to connect with others.

We can act our way into a better mood and we owe it to those who care for us to get cracking.

Wishing you and your family a peaceful Christmas and every good wish for the year ahead.

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