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With the abundance of food, time spent with family, and money invested in gifts for loved ones in the days following the feast, the focus during the holidays is clearly on celebrating the good things in life. For many, this is a much-needed break from the mundane, an opportunity to eat well, and a chance to lavish time and attention on loved ones.
For people in recovery, the holiday season represents a unique set of opportunities. Though relationships with family members may be strained after addiction, there is no better time than the holidays to begin or continue repairing and strengthening those bonds. Though finances may be tight, some of the best gifts cost nothing but time and thought. And as always, taking the time to really meditate on all the things that are wonderful in life is an excellent choice every day in recovery.
Here are 12 ways that you can practice the gratitude that is such an integral part of happiness in recovery this holiday season: