PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- As a greeting, "happy holidays" rolls off the tongue easily. But as an ideal, happiness is not always so easy to achieve around the holidays.

Between the long hours of shopping for presents, baking cookies and mailing cards, the simple joys of the season sometimes get lost along the way.

Along with that list of chores, licensed family and marriage therapist Jack Burke offered an alternative checklist in his weekly Therapy Thursday segment to help reenergize your holiday spirit:

  • Charity
  • Compassion
  • Ethics
  • Tolerance
  • Play

Jack borrowed the list from the Dalai Lama. Each point serves as a reminder that true happiness lies in the pursuit of more meaningful activities instead of acquiring possessions and status.