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  • Bad Holiday Habits & How To Overcome Them

    [caption id="attachment_5358" align="alignleft" width="233"]Christmas The Grinch[/caption]

    When it comes to the Holidays, nobody likes a Grinch in their family. But it's better to be upset rather than fake it, according to Erika Andersen of Forbes. Read more below:

    Bad holiday habit #1: Pretending to Be Jolly When You’re Not

    Just the other day, I was on the phone with a client who was telling me how dead-tired he was, and that he was really looking forward to collapsing on the beach over the holidays.  I noted that I was pretty exhausted, too.  But then a colleague of his joined us on the call and asked us how we were, and we both chorused, “Great!”  Fortunately, he called us on it (he’s a funny, no BS kind of guy).  “Oh, wonderful,” he said, “Now I’ve got be great, too, I suppose.”  We both laughed, and I said, “Actually, we were both just commiserating with each other about how weary we are.”

    I think a lot of what makes the holidays difficult for people when they’re not – for whatever reason -  feeling very merry, is that they feel compelled to pretend that they are.  You don’t have to be awful to people (see bad habit #3), but you don’t have to do a Santa impersonation, either. You can just feel whatever you feel.  When I’ve had less-than-stellar holiday seasons, I’ve found that being honest with myself about what I’m experiencing makes it more likely that I can at some point actually be touched and cheered by the holiday spirit.

    Read more at Forbes

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