Only a few days ago, it felt like summer and now the holidays are fast approaching. As the warm days sheds its last ray of summer sunlight, I can’t help but reflect on the past.

It seems as though somewhere between childhood and today, there was a time when life seemed a lot simpler, and so much more magical. Instead of fear, worry and disappointment, there was excitement, joy and hope.

And even though being an adult often mean less presents and more shopping during the holidays, I still believe in the possibilities of the end of an old year and what the beginning of a new one brings.

Maybe it’s all in our attitude. If we can learn how to bring gifts to ourselves and those we love through appreciation and recognition for the things done well, then maybe we can forgo the need for lavish material gifts or unrealistic expectations of the perfect holiday.

Maybe all we need is to be grateful for what we have right now. Let’s try to hold on to that before the winter brings the holiday season. And in the meantime, read these to get inspired to start doing so now.

Give Yourself Credit for Growing as a Parent

(Family Mental Health) – Sometimes we needed to be reminded of how much things have changed and how much we have grown in the process. This applies to parenthood. If you’re a parent, read this and then go ahead and pat yourself on the back.

In Good Relationships, Partners Express Appreciation

(Always Learning) – Another important reminder about the unexpected gifts that appreciating those we love and often take for granted bring. A wonderful post on love, gratitude and relationships.

Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation Competing to Win Pepsi Grant

(Bipolar Beat) – One of the best gifts we can give is the gift to help others. In this post, you’ll learn how voting online can help the Child and Adolescent Bipolar Foundation win the Pepsi Refresh Project and a $250,000 grant to aid families and children living with bipolar disorder and depression.

Flighty, Trusting, Joyful: Are You a Chick-A-D-D?”

(ADHD from A to Zoë) – Zoë finds similarities between ADD and the bird that her website is named after. Confused? See what I mean here.

Halle Berry Tackles Multiple Personality Disorder in New Film

(Celebrity Psychings) – Oscar-winning actress Halle Berry will be starring in an upcoming flick about a woman with multiple personality disorder. Find out the details of what looks to be a fascinating movie.