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I’d like to say there’s something about this time of year that turns me into a holiday angel radiating hope, wonder and peace. That’s the way I think the holidays should make me feel. But I’m usually filled with anxiety, regret, disappointment and stress.

The temptation to indulge in food and drink that make me feel less than. The busy-ness of the season, the expectation of perfection, the weather change, the desire to please, the numerous gatherings with family and friends are all opportunities to fail and fail miserably.

By the new year, I’m exhausted and compiling a list of resolutions sure to make next year different.

This year it is.

I’ve been listening to a tape by neuropsychologist and bestselling author Rick Hanson, PhD. In The Enlightened Brain he talks about changing your brain’s innate tendency to harp on negativity by infusing it with positive experiences. In other words, you can work on actually savoring moments instead of downplaying them. And the result?

These posts remind me that it is possible. Reading them you’ll learn how to have more joy and happiness this season whether you’re dealing with anxiety, depression or emotional baggage. And you may even discover your own inner holiday angel.

{Vintage angel from the Etsy shop thewhiterabbitstudio}

{Vintage angel from the Etsy shop thewhiterabbitstudio}

136 Reasons For Happiness!
(Partners in Wellness) – Need a happiness boost? Cultivate your own joyful garden with this list of positive experiences. It’ll give you plenty of reasons to celebrate this holiday season.

Holiday Depression
(Being Beautifully Bipolar) – The holidays can be as depressing as it is wonderful. If you know someone suffering, this list will help them get through it.

Anxiety Fix That Really Works (Temporarily)
(Therapy Soup) – Want a quick solution for your anxiety? Read this.

The Steps to Unpacking Your Emotional Baggage
(The Impact of Sex Addiction) – A painful experience can stay frozen in time becoming the emotional baggage in our lives. How do you get rid of it? Learn the steps you need to take to work through it.

Anxiety And ADHD: Symptom Or Co-morbid Condition?
(ADHD Man of Distraction) – Is anxiety a normal part of having ADHD or are they two separate issues? This ADHDer contemplates the answer.



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    Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 16 Dec 2013
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APA Reference
Uyemura, B. (2013). Best of Our Blogs: December 17, 2013. Psych Central. Retrieved on July 31, 2014, from


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