16 Dec How to hold on to happiness during the holidays
It_ã_s late in the year and most people I talk to these days are pretty tired and looking forward to some time off work over the next few weeks (myself included; and yes, psychologists do sometimes talk to themselves; and yes again, it_ã_s actually OK if you do it the right way!). Understandably, many of these people (again, myself included) are hoping their time off will be relaxing and enjoyable; which is not an unreasonable hope at all! But what might be unreasonable- or unrealistic anyway- is to expect that time off over the coming festive season will be perfect or stress-free or without arguments or happy and blissful.
Why? Because despite the lack of routine and rigour and work there remains_ã_an absence of routine and rigour and work (all of which are things that enhance our sense of control over life and bring us a degree of satisfaction)! And despite not having to talk to or interact with colleagues and clients you still have to talk to and interact with family and friends and, dare I say it_ã_children!
Now so far, I_ã_ve been writing with my tongue partially planted in my cheek but I do very much want to address a very important issue and I do very much want for you (and for me!) to enjoy happiness during whatever time you do take off over the coming month. So here_ã_s my list of the top ten things to do to keep your cool and have a great holiday…