Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast

Breathe: The Stress Less Podcast

Bonnie Gray

S2 E12: Choosing Joy Isn’t Selfish: You Are Worthy of Joy

December 21, 2021   ●   20 min

Share this episode

Many people feel guilty or selfish when they want to change traditions or plans for how to celebrate Christmas. Busyness is one of the biggest obstacles to experiencing a meaningful time with God and with family, in a way that would be less stressful. This episode arms you with you 6 different ways of celebrating Christmas that is scientifically proven to lower stress and boost happiness levels. Use these ideas to brainstorm and be reminded of how you best experience joy during the holidays. These ideas are inspired by the shepherds in the Christmas story.

Scripture: "Put away all fear, for I am bringing you good news of great joy.“ - Luke 2:10

Soul Care Tip & Scientific Research: The healing practice of music therapy, lighting candles, enjoying hot coca, stargazing, engaging your five senses, and reading books.

Links & Resources from this Episode:

For links to this study and more, sign up for Bonnie’s Newsletter:

For more encouragement, order Bonnie’s book Sweet Like Jasmine: Finding Identity in a Culture of Loneliness, an Amazon #1 New Release in Christian Biographies.

Sign up for a free Audiobook or Stories of Faith Guided Journal at

Sign up for Bonnie’s Soul Care Newsletter for more soul care tips here:

Follow Bonnie on:
Her site:

Episode Image Credit: Getty/Grau_Art
View all Episodes

Today's Devotional

A Prayer for An Eternal Perspective While You Grieve - Your Daily Prayer - January 22

Death doesn't have the victory because in Christ, we are given eternity with Him.

read more