Making This Holiday Season the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year”
Do you "control the context" of your holiday experience?
by Successful Aging in Action! | 12.16.19
By: Dr. Roger Landry, MD, MPH
If you were to believe the 1963 song made popular by Andy Williams, the holiday season should be the “Most Wonderful Time of the Year.” If that were true, then how is it possible that a recent survey found that the Christmas holiday season is the sixth most stressful life event, taking backseat only to divorce, moving and starting a new job? Wonderful?
Maybe it’s the to-do list that consumes us. Maybe the traffic. Perhaps it’s holidays past that ended badly. Or the thoughts of the soon-to-come drama from your self-absorbed sister or crazy uncle. A very common cause of stress is the intense sadness with memories of lost loved ones. The end of the calendar year seems also to cause us to look at the year in review with a focus on the losses rather than the gains.
Do you detect a common thread in the paragraph above? It’s focus. “We are what we think. All that we are arises from our thoughts. We make the world.” Gautama Siddhartha’s quote tells us of a profound but very elusive truth. We choose happiness.
Here are a few life lessons I’ve learned along my sometimes bumpy way from childhood joy, to Scrooge-like cynicism to contented wisdom...
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