Be Happy, Go Slow

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This year, I reclaimed the holiday spirit. The secret? I changed. I shifted from concentrating on everything that had to be done into enjoying whatever I decided to do. Holiday time is meant to make us happy and appreciative; not crushed, stressed and feeling inadequate.

For the past decade, growing worse every year, the holiday season becomes another burden of more things to do and less time to do them. By the end of the month I feel exhausted and resentful.

I decided the best way to enjoy the season was to do it week by week, leisurely and slowly. If people have discovered the benefits of slow food, then we can apply some of those same ideas to savoring the holidays.

Tired of the frenzied commercialism? Avoid the lines at the big box stores and try shopping in your neighborhood. You’ll get personal service from the shopkeeper, who will take the time to help you find what you need. It’s slower, but more satisfying.

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