It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year – or is it?

This time of year is either filled with magic and happiness or is a time of sadness and loneliness. If you or a loved one suffers from depression or seasonal affective disorder, the lights and sounds and music and celebrations are not a positive phenomenon. So during the festive season, please remember that for some people it is the most difficult time of the year. And take the time out of your busy schedule to spend some time listening and empathizing.

Life is a series of challenges punctuated with sporadic moments of happiness. And at the end of the day, the people in your life are the reason that we exist. Want to live longer? Make close friends – because research shows that friends can affect your health even more than family. The 2005 Australian Longitudinal Study found that close relationships with children and other relatives had very little impact on how long you live, but people with the most friends tended to outlive those with the fewest by 22 percent.


An interesting quote from Sex and the City and Carrie Bradshaw. Life is a constant evolution but if you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got. Words of wisdom from Dale Carnegie. In order to be your true self, you may have to shed the layers of your persona. We can’t move forward if we are not willing to make sacrifices that will ultimately better our lot in life. Of course, this is easier said than done.


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