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All parents have high hopes for their children. Moms and dads want their kids to be happy, do well in school and have amazing futures. High expectations from parents can be motivating, helping kids achieve educationally, and understandably, many would assume this is a no-brainer. A study recently reported by the American Psychological Association makes clear, however, that this scenario does not always play out.
How many times have you thought, I’ll just sleep on it, before making a big decision? This matter-of-fact strategy is employed by many, if not most people, who believe the long-term conventional wisdom that a well-rested mind is one better able to make confidence-boosting, large decisions. Putting that assumption to the test is a group of Harvard Business School researchers, with surprising results.
Overly high expectations, increased obligations, financial stress, escalated demands at work as the year draws to a close, all accompanied by decreasing hours of daylight, can make the holiday season far from merry and bright. The holiday blues present even more of a challenge for recovering alcoholics. Stress, fatigue, loneliness and relationship problems, all triggers that threaten to throw us off course, are magnified as holiday activities root us from our established routines. Add the proliferation of social functions centered on drinking, and a fall off the wagon seems inevitable. It doesn’t have to be.
Perhaps you experience some joy at being able to announce Christmas shopping is finally completed, or feel proud of the 10 dozen decorated cookies cooling on your kitchen counter, but what happen to the magic? The sense of anticipation and awe you felt as a child during the holidays? You don’t have to abdicate your role as a responsible adult to once again experience the holiday joy.

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