Many of us are impacted by extra demands on time, energy and finances. The stress of a busy holiday schedule from shopping to seasonal festivities – can wear off the joy of the season even for a usually well-balanced person. At times it may not feel like ‘Christmas’, so much as ‘Stressmas’!
Many contend that the season has become a commercial enterprise. It makes the rush of Black Friday followed by Cyber Monday a disconnect from “peace on earth, good will to all.”
A public movement to balance the buying frenzy is “Giving Tuesday” (December 1st), a day designated to give to charity or volunteer in the community. In his hugely successful TED talk, philosopher Peter Singer emphasizes the immense satisfaction and happiness in giving to help others.
So, how can we maintain – or recapture the joy of this special season? Continue Reading