A More Joyful Holiday Season: 5 Tips

The holidays can be stressful, and I’m no stranger to this stress. This holiday season, though, I’m hoping to be less stressed and more joyful. I’ll be carrying these five inspirations with me through the end of the year. I hope they’re helpful to you too. Peace and joy, friends.

1. Stay in the present. When families, friends and colleagues get together, it can be tempting to revisit long-ago conversations that may be best left to memory, or completely forgotten. All you have, for sure, is today—this day. Be present in it, and make the best of it.

2. Believe the best of people. We often reconnect with folks we haven’t seen in a while between Thanksgiving and the New Year. Maybe they don’t do things the way we do them (for example, suggesting dinner at 8 p.m., which is a little late for our usual schedule). Keep in mind, though, that no one’s trying to make your day difficult. They’re simply trying.

3. Take a deep breath, especially before traveling. I love visiting family during the holidays. I opposite-of-love getting on a plane with my small children to do it. Words to travel by: Keep calm and carry-on on.

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4. Make your holiday motto “everything in moderation.” From RSVP-ing yes to parties, to baking (and sampling) desserts, to buying presents, strike a just-right balance. Don’t overextend yourself.

5. Count your blessings. The people we love can drive us crazy sometimes. But how lucky are we to have this problem, the problem of loved ones, when some folks don’t have anybody. Remember to say “thank you.”

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