From talking to people, it seems that one of the biggest happiness challenges of the holidays is dealing with difficult relatives.
  1. Ahead of time, spend a few minutes thinking about how you want to behave.
  2. Think about how topics that seem innocuous to you might upset someone else.
  3. Dodge strife.
  4. Don’t drink much alcohol.
  5. As best you can, play your part in the tradition.
    Try to be patient and play your part. In the long run, traditions and rituals tend to help sustain happiness and family bonds. {Read more here: }
  6. If you’re the one who wants everything to be perfect, try to ease up on yourself and everyone else, so you can enjoy the day, whatever happens.
    My mother once told me, “The things that go wrong often make the best memories,” and it’s really true. And too much fussing to make an experience “perfect” can sometime ruin it altogether. {Read more here: }
  7. Find some fun.
    One of my Secrets of Adulthood is Just because something is fun for someone else doesn’t mean it’s fun for you, and vice versa. {Read more here: }
  8. Find reasons to be grateful.
    Be thankful that you get to cook, or that you don’t have to cook. Be thankful that you get to travel, or that you don’t have to travel. Be thankful for your family or your friends. Be grateful for electricity and running water. Find something. Studies show that gratitude is a major happiness booster. {Read more here: }