Experts Reveal What Makes for a Happier Holiday. Hint: It’s Not More Stuff.

Article/Op-Ed in Slate
Dec. 20, 2017

Brigid Schulte talks to happiness researchers on the Better Life Lab Channel on Slate about how to make the most of what can be the most stressful time of year.

The holidays, it can seem, are all about time and money: Spending too much money. Never having enough time. All of which can cause so much stress and unhappiness that the American Psychological Association has actually set up an online Holiday Stress Resource Center to help us cope.
It doesn’t take a survey to know that most people want to be happy and not stressed out at the holidays. We look forward to heightened feelings of happiness, love, high spirits and connectedness. But we so often get caught up in all the extra work it takes to create all that good cheer that Christmas and the winter holidays instead can come to feel like a dreaded, gigantic to-do list. Tree? Check. Lights that work? Run to the store. Cards? Ordered, stamped, and mailed. Gifts?