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How to Have a Happy Holiday When You Aren’t Feeling Very Happy

Songs, movies, magazines, and advertisements all tell us that the holidays are the happiest time of the year. But, for millions of people, the focus on friends and family is just another reminder of what they have lost. I am one of them. And maybe you are, too.

My beloved grandmother died just days before Christmas–I have vivid memories of a terrible Christmas Eve spent opening the gifts she had already bought. The holidays have never been quite the same for me because, amidst the joy and fun of Christmas, I can’t forget that a piece of who I am is missing. Read the rest of this entry

9 Free Ways to Spend an Evening with Family and Friends

During the summer, the great outdoors provide virtually unlimited ways to enjoy time with the people you care about at very little cost. But cooler weather and a lighter wallet don’t mean you have to turn your friends and family away. These nine free ideas provide endless get-togethers with friends, girls’ nights in, and evenings of family fun. Read the rest of this entry

Building an Emotional Support System

Humans are communal animals. (Aristotle wrote that only a superhuman or a savage could live outside of a community.) But too often the pace and structure of our modern lives forces us to face our challenges alone. It doesn’t have to be that way!

When we proactively cultivate a community of family, friends, and co-workers around us, we know that we’ll be there for each other when the going gets tough. When any of you needs help, you’ll never be alone. Here are three ideas for building up your emotional support system. Read the rest of this entry