Happy holidays? Have realistic expectations

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Professor and Chair of Counseling Samuel Gladding (’67, MAEd ’71) is no Scrooge, but he is on a mission to redefine what it means to be “happy” during the holidays. Gladding, a licensed professional counselor with a specialty in family counseling, says research shows that it is the pressure to be happy that often leads to sadness and even depression during the holidays.

That’s why he’s challenging the traditional view of happy holidays by pointing out that the higher our expectations, the less likely we are to actually be happy. He shares five tips for more realistic holiday expectations and a redefinition of what it means to have a happy holiday season.

Media contact: Ellen Sterner-Sedeno, 336.758.5237

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