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8 Tips for Dealing with Difficult Relatives During the Holidays.

Back by popular demand: dealing with difficult relatives over the holidays. Holidays can be tough. Some people love them; some people dread them. I thought a lot about the holidays as I was writing Happier at Home, because the holiday season tends to be a time when we focus on home. Maybe you’re going “home” the way I go home …


Beware of These 10 Habit Loopholes as You Head to the Thanksgiving Feast.

When I was writing Better Than Before, I loved writing every chapter, because every strategy is so interesting. But I have to admit, I particularly loved writing the chapter on the Strategy of Loophole-Spotting, because the loopholes are so ingenious and funny. One of the toughest parts of the editing process was cutting down on the number the loophole examples …


Spending Time with Some Difficult People over the Holidays? Consider These Tips.

Back by popular demand…some ideas for dealing with difficult people over the holidays. I’ve posted this before, but every year around this time, there’s a spike in interest about ways to handle tricky situations with relatives, neighbors, and friends. Consider: 1. Think about how topics that seem innocuous to you might upset someone else. You may think you’re showing a …


Fun and Easy Holiday Tradition? For Us, Graham-Cracker Houses.

This weekend, my daughters and I made our graham-cracker houses. As I write about in Happier at Home, every year, instead of traditional gingerbread houses, we make graham cracker houses, which are easier to build and decorate. Every year–this also seems to be part of the tradition–I almost forget to organize the house-building, until it’s almost too late. But we’ve …


Why I’m Adding Holiday Smells to My Holiday Decorations.

This morning, on my way home from the gym, I walked by a stand selling Christmas trees and holiday greenery (in New York City, these pop up on street corners every December). I loved getting the chance to smell that wonderful fragrance of Christmas tree. It struck me: I’ve done a lot of holiday decorating, but we don’t have any …