Article by By Lisa McCourt
It’s the Hap-Happiest Season of All… (But No Pressure) ‘Tis the season to be jolly, right? So if you’re not, what the heck is wrong with you? The biggest contributor to the holiday blues is the inescapable expectation that we’re supposed to be extra joy-filled this time of year. Every freaking movie, commercial, and song is reminding us to feel ecstatically happy, loving, giving, and generous toward everyone we encounter.
But what if we aren’t authentically feeling that way and we hadn’t noticed it until “the season” brought that to our attention? We want to feel grateful for all we have, and excited about the promise of a new year. All these expectations bring up the one question we can easily avoid asking ourselves during all those other less-festive seasons: Am I happy?