Live Happy’s December print magazine is on its way to newsstands this week with more than 63 ways to pay it forward this holiday season. Crafting the right gift-giving strategy can be daunting, especially amid a year-end news cycle full of heartbreaking stories of loss and unprecedented challenges. We all want our offerings to have meaning and purpose, whether they include cheery, handmade goods; time volunteering for causes we believe in; or mindful moments with our loved ones having fun and making new traditions.
Our Gift Guide Gives Back
Our epic gift guide offers samplings of joy for everyone. For the younger set, choose from delightful plush dolls, toys and books that contribute to improving children’s education, health and well-being or support environmental and poverty causes. Or hand-pick festive party favors for hosts and neighbors alike with celebrity designed spatulas, baked goods, wine and comfort teas that benefit health research, hunger organizations or children in need. Buy a T-shirt through December from our Live Happy store and a portion of the profits benefit Hurricane Harvey recovery.
Start a New Tradition
Try one of our do-it-yourself wreath projects this season. Use a favorite knit scarf to wrap up festive decorations or build an activity wreath for fun to last an entire month.
And who doesn’t love pie during the holidays? If you don’t already have it on hand, ask for your mom’s or grandma’s time-perfected recipes and have them to walk you through the process. If you’re ready to add a new twist to the mix, sample our gingery pumpkin or tart cherry lattice pie recipes.
Other Highlights Include: Faith, Gratitude, Reba! and More
—The strength of spirituality. Learn five steps to tap into your inner Zen; also, find out what both science and religion contribute to a life of joy and fulfillment.
—Be grateful for all you have. Autumn is the season of gratitude; catch up on the latest research on the immediate, healing benefits of saying “thank you.”
—Putting her faith forward. Reba McEntire counts her blessings and shares her inspiration for this year’s gospel and Christmas album releases.
—Anchor finds the good. Learn how NBC’s Craig Melvin stays positive in a negative news world.
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Donna Stokes is the Executive Editor of Live Happy magazine.