If Holiday Stress Is a Disease, the Virus Is Your Expectations

December 1, 2014 10:45 PM

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The holiday season stereotypically has always been portrayed as a time of fun, joy and warmth with family, friends and colleagues. But it can also be a time of pain and high expectations. And the inevitable disappointments that follow those expectations are often to blame for holiday stress, which has gradually but now permanently become part of our lexicon.

High hopes about the holiday season -- the expectations you put on yourself, as well as on others around you -- may magnify whatever's already not going right in your life. And remember this about all expectations: They are a nothing more than premeditated disappointments. For instance: If you're ha...

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