Open your mind to new and wise thoughts from a life lived over eighty years. Access the books that initiate you into such thoughts, provided you can forget the author's bad choices. Everyone messes up once in a while.
In this season of joy our inherited inclination is gratitude. But don't give your precious thanks to the universe, to the ocean, to the sun--they are unfeeling entities. Personify, as did your ancestors since the time of Moses, and thank Jesus Christ, thank God.
Who else was with it for 13.8 billion years so that you could have the world you see today? Sure, chaos reigns through much of the universe, but who gave you the consciousness to make sense of much of it? Cherish those thoughts, for this is the time of your flourishing.