1. Looking at holiday decorations, listening to holiday music, looking at the snow falling and eating a holiday cookie. The beautiful silence of a snowy wintertime and the knowledge that “all is calm.” – Wanda S.
2. Faith. Choose to rejoice. You always have the agency to choose, and knowing this gives you power & strength. Use it to grow your joy. Seek joy. Choose hope. Trust. We are greater than our disease even when it hampers our daily lives. – Margaret T.
3. After my GIST diagnosis in 2003, I became depressed, but I eventually recovered. Then when Christmas came, I had a strong case of the holiday blues, and couldn’t shake it. The next Christmas, however, I planned a trip away from home with my husband. That helped tremendously! – Dina W.
4. I found the best way to cope is to socialize with family and friends and stay positive. – Jeff D.
5. Focus on serving somebody else. Maybe do some volunteer work or help a friend or family member in need. Sometimes seeing other people’s problems puts your own into perspective. – Mary H.
6. Count your blessings. Try keeping a notebook naming each and every one. – Margaret C.
7. Look for small things to brighten each day, like sunshine or warm feet. – Carolyn D.