Cue the music and pour the eggnog, it’s the most wonderful time of the year, right? Sociologist and author Dr. Christine Carter writes, “Many adults love the idea of the holidays more than their actual experience of them – mostly because their list of holiday-related tasks and obligations outweighs the joy of it all.”
Unrealistic expectations for the holidays can quickly tip the scale toward resentment and eclipse the goodness that’s around us in the present moment. In this month’s 2-minute tip and resources, you’ll find tangible ways to work with resentment as it bubbles up (spoiler alert: it’s all about gratitude).
- 10 tangible ways to practice more gratitude by Dr. Robert Emmons.
- Find something to love about the moment you’re in right now by Dr. Christine Carter – it offers support for finding the good in even the most challenging moments. Dr. Carter also wrote an easy-to-read article with research and added support for trading expectations for gratitude (the inspiration behind this month’s two-minute tip).
- Check out the Simplify the Holidays campaign with tips for creating less waste and more meaningful holiday celebrations.