How to Have a Happy Holiday—Yes, Really.

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The holidays truly are magical. They have the power to magically transform fully functioning adults back into their adolescent selves, the moment they step into a room with their parents, siblings, aunts, uncles, and/or cousins. No matter how much you’ve grown, how much you’ve accomplished in life, or what your personal and professional status may be outside of those walls when you’re “home,” you may find yourself right back to square one.

And, the worst part? You know it’s going to happen. You know exactly who in that house will make that snide, passive-aggressive comment, and you know exactly how you’ll feel when they make it, and you know exactly how you’ll react. So, you swear that this year— it’s going to be different. You’re not going to get upset. You’re not going to let so-and-so get to you. You’re not going to sit and seethe over your pie, or seek revenge with your own passive-aggressive comments, or vow to never talk to these people again once this misery has finally ended. And yet…

According to our guest this week, you really can break these patterns. You just need a better plan. Tim Walsh, founder of Adventure Recovery and expert in helping families navigate and renegotiate their roles and expectations, gives tips on how to make the real holiday magic happen.

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