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The mad dash of the holiday season is upon us now, and if you’re one of the saner ones who aren’t out shopping today, then you’re in good company — neither am I.

But shopping really is the least of our problems. The holidays bring the added stress of juggling not only our usual responsibilities, but also the joys of planning large get-togethers or dinners, hanging out with relatives (some of whom you like, others not so much), and doing the million and one activities that the kids and others demand of you.

Luckily, as we do every year, we’ve put together a great Coping with Thanksgiving Guide and its companion, Coping with the Holidays Guide. You should check them out if you haven’t already.

Also, now’s a good time to check out our new e-book, Tending the Family Heart Through the Holidays by Dr. Marie Hartwell-Walker. Just in time for the season, it is packed full of great ideas in 31 essays for making it through the holidays with a healthier, stronger family. Best of all, it’s only 99 cents.

Here are a few blog entries from the past week talking about the holidays and Thanksgiving I think you’ll enjoy.

Body Image Booster: 10 Ideas To Enjoy Yourself This Thanksgiving
(Weightless) – With Thanksgiving this week here in America, you may have a tough time focusing away from your figure. Sometimes, the thoughts just keep swirling and swirling and swirling.

Why Contemplate on Gratitude This Thanksgiving?
(Adventures in Positive Psychology) – As the Thanksgiving holiday approaches we are reminded of what we have to be grateful for, and how we celebrate this holiday and focus on what we’re grateful for differs culture to culture and person to person.

Being Thankful Alone.
(Light, Laughter and Life) – Grateful. Yup, alone. You would think as outgoing and extroverted – how nice, friendly and warm I am, I would have tons of options of what to do on the big day….what to do? What to do? I’ve spent the last year coming out of my shell.

5 Steps to Gratitude: Hafiz
(Mindfulness and Psychotherapy) – So here we are, a couple days before Thanksgiving in the United States. Take this moment while reading these words to really consider what you are thankful for. When we think of what we’re thankful for we often think of the light in our lives. Who and what represents the light in our lives?

Is Your Partner S.A.D.?
(Partners in Wellness) – Daylight Savings Time here in the U.S. ended a few weeks ago, and shorter days/longer nights are with us for a while. Many people notice a shift in their moods when the winter months come, but some people experience a depression that starts when the weather turns colder and lifts when the weather warms up again and the hours of daylight increase.



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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 25 Nov 2011
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Grohol, J. (2011). Best of Our Blogs: November 25, 2011. Psych Central. Retrieved on March 2, 2015, from


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