Holiday Happiness is Snow at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore.

Be happier this holiday season. Photo by Elaine Keaton

Be happier this holiday season in Northern Michigan by finding joy in the simple things. At a time that often encourages consumerism and our lists of wants, feeling content as-is can seem impossible, even hopeless. So how do we combat this darkness during the proclaimed season of joy?

MyNorth Community blogger Elaine Keaton, who lives near the Sleeping Bear Dunes and Glen Arbor, expands on the topic of finding happiness not just during the holidays, but all year round. In her blog she stresses the importance of gratefulness—That we need to slow down and evaluate just how many blessings we’ve acquired.

“Taking the time to reflect, especially during busy times can help you look at things in new ways, making new discoveries. Like Brother David says, ‘Stop, look, and then go.’ We all need more time to look at our lives with gratefulness.”

Learn more on how to be happier this holiday season in Northern Michigan at

Elaine’s blog.

Photo(s) by Elaine Keaton