Friday, December 01, 2006
Imperfection Can Be Bliss
This weekend marks three weeks until Christmas, and many Americans will be shopping, planning, decorating, traveling and trying to get everything just right. That's just the problem according to psychologist Jeffrey Gardere. He says you should be aiming to enjoy the season, not for perfection. Gardere warns that all the stress we put on ourselves can make us act in a way we may regret. Add that to excessive alcohol and food and we may be setting ourselves up for a very un-jolly holiday.

We teamed up Gardere with former Surgeon General David Satcher and Dr. Caroline Richardson to give you the best plan for enjoying the peace of the season - including dealing with difficult family members and finding healthy gifts. That's coming up this Saturday and Sunday on House Call at 8:30 am Eastern.

In Satcher's words: "We are more likely to get stressed out because we get caught up in things other than what our body and minds need." What are you doing to keep your body and mind healthy during this busy season?
I completely agree. My family is undergoing the process of changing our traditions so that we no longer focus on presents and spend more time playing board games (not video games) and enjoying each other's company. We are taking it somewhat slow rather than getting rid of all of our old traditions and bringing in all new ones. I think this has helped the entire family accept the changes more easily.
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Yes, "Imperfection can be bliss." And that's exactly how I'm spending December. In a state of complete enjoyment. I plan to love the crowds, be thrilled with every Christmas song that's playing..over and over again..And eat food that would curdle your arteries. No, it's not a "perfect" time of year for calm, stress free days. But the imperfection of it all, is what is most appealing. Besides, what other time of year can you hear classics like "Silent night," and "Grandma got run over by a reindeer." Not many, to be sure. Take Care
Did Dr. Caroline Richardson suggest
specific books to give as "healthy
gift" for correct information on
good nutrition?
I want to give a book like this to
several family members for Christmas,
but as she said there is a lot of
misinformation out there.
If you notice the happiest people seem to be those who "don't have much" because they key in on what is most important in the holiday season...Family. It is not about what you give or get.
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