When the Holidays Hurt: How to Get Back to Gratitude

It’s sweater season again. The atmosphere’s aglow with holiday bulbs, tinsel-trimmed trees and the luster of long buried credit cards emerging at checkouts. I have a love-hate relationship with the holidays. A part of me revels in the romance of tradition, the spirit of celebration. At the same time, I’m reminded of unfortunate family dynamics. ...

Exposing Your Unhappiness: When the Attitude of Gratitude Won’t Cut It

"How are you?” It’s the cliche phrase we use to greet everyone from the mail carrier to our very own mothers. We’ve come to expect the rote, “I’m great,” or “Doing well” in response.  What would happen if we told the truth about how we were doing? If we said things like, “My job is unstable and ...