For some, the holidays are all about the presents and the parties. Yet as technology progresses, fewer people are fully present for the precious time with important people in their lives. One of my goals for 2015 was to be more present with the people in my life, and it has been more satisfying than I imagined. Here are some things that worked for me: Stay positive. Stress can take a serious toll on your perspective, especially around the holidays. Keeping a positive attitude goes a long way to reducing stress, and being a more pleasant person to others. If you know that a certain person rubs you the wrong way with their negativity, keep interactions to a minimum. Or, if you must, take a deep breath and count to five – then move on. Life is far too short to let others impact your joy. Do more things that make you happy. For me, I always enjoy spending quiet time with my family. When we’re all together, watching a favorite holiday movie, playing a board game or just talking, it means so much because I know that time is flying by quickly and each time we get together is more precious than ever. Turn off the phones. We have a rule in our house that all cell phones need to be turned off during meals. That’s especially true during the holidays when there’s so much competition for our time. It seems like such a simple request, but it’s harder than it sounds, but the benefits are immediate. So, this year, my wish for you is to be more present with everyone who makes your life better. Perhaps Henry David Thoreau said it best,

You must live in the present, launch yourself on every wave, find your eternity in each moment.”

Happy holidays from everyone at TVLiftCabinet.