Column: Hazards to holiday happiness



’Tis the season to be jolly, right? Or not.

You might have a house adorned with decorations, but the jingle bells in your spirit have chimed out. If this holiday season has become more stressful than joyful, you might want to re-evaluate your route to holiday happiness.

Here are four common hazards to holiday happiness and how to overcome them:

Purchase pressures: Focus on the gift of your presence.

A mile-long gift list and a shrinking wallet is a common holiday stress that does not bring good cheer. This season is filled with purchasing pressures — from the items on the gift list to all of the expenses that go into the preparation, planning and recovery from holiday events and gatherings such as hostess gifts; luncheons with girlfriends; postage for cards and shipping, and bows, boxes and wrapping paper.

However, the greatest gift you can give is yourself. Be fully present and attentive when spending time with friends and loved ones.

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