It’s that time of year. If you are not one of the cheery sunshine people, here’s how to deal with it.
The Oatmeal has some thoughts on happiness that puts it into the proper perspective.
My solution to seasonal glumness: Read a good book (I’ll post a selection soon).
You’re at a party you really don’t want to be in: Find a quiet spot, read a good book. (Though my first solution is: Don’t go. Granted, you have to train for decades to resist the social pressure. I started by avoiding family gatherings from the time I was 11.)
You’re stuck in traffic, read a good book. If you’re driving, listen to a good audiobook.
If you need a plausible excuse to be absent from festivities, leave a comment and I’ll invent one for you. Who says fiction is not useful? Don’t feel guilty. It would be worse if you forced yourself to show up and made like it was a funeral.