Happy Holidays?

There’s an expectation that people are supposed to be happy this time of the year. If not, you’re labeled as a Grinch or a Scrooge who is ruining the season for everyone else.

I understand it’s not possible to be happy all the time, even when people think you should be. A glass of eggnog, a decorated tree and a stack of presents is not enough to erase a person’s problems. The pressure to celebrate and be merry can actually make the person feel worse.

If you don’t feel like being joyous and celebrating, give yourself the grace to do what you can or skip it, if you really do not have it in you to participate in the holidays.

If you notice a friend or family member is not in the holiday spirit, don’t chide them or pressure them into doing whatever you want, give them the best present of all: empathy.


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