I realize the holiday season is a most difficult time for many folks. I don't mean to imply that's the case for me personally to any great degree. Well, only to a wee extent in that I can become a smidge bit filled with tension (and stress) if I don't consciously work to overcome letting that old bugaboo feeling creep in and overtake my emotional well-being.
The following are a few sayings I've clipped out over the years and try to keep in mind every day.
~ Stress is like an ice cream cone. You have to learn to lick it. (Ho-ho.)
~ A happy home is not one without problems, but one that handles them with understanding and love.
~ If you want to be the picture of health, make sure you have a happy frame of mind. (Oh my, yes, my emotions can play such a prominent part in my physical health.)
~ A good way to start each day is with your face and your eggs sunny side up. (Another "ho-ho" moment.)
Even if I'm feeling a bit under the weather or have a pain here or there that keeps making itself known, I've found that if I remember to use my long ago very amateur thespian skills and act cheerful, upbeat and happy, not only does it produce smiles and a better attitude in those I'm around but it also changes my own disposition in the same way. It really does work. Kind of like "fake it until you make it."
So if you feel the need, paste a wide grin on your face and, if nothing else, everyone will wonder what you've been putting in your eggnog.