When the holidays aren’t what they’re cracked up to be

  1. Listen A discussion of holiday stresses and happiness

This is my final day filling in for Kerri Miller on her MPR talk show and, I suppose, we’re not going to exactly “leave ’em laughing.”

We’re talking cancer, then Alzheimer’s, and then the feelings of the season that a lot of people don’t want to acknowledge so as not to feel different and isolated.

On the latter subject, I’ve thought a lot of about this video since I posted it a few weeks ago. Ignore the fact it’s a commercial.

The holidays aren’t always what they’re cracked up to be and between the mass marketing that creates a “reality” that no sane human can live up to, and the baggage we bring from the other 364 days of the season, it can be a bit much.

I have two guests in the 10 a.m. (CT) hour to answer your questions or hear your “holiday stress” stories :

Emiliana R. Simon-Thomas. She is the Director of the Greater Good Science Center where she co-teaches an online course on the science of happiness.

Tim Bono is the Assistant Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and Lecturer in Psychology at Washington University.

Don’t hold back. Give us a call. Or just comment below and I’ll monitor the blog during the show.

Related: Redefining Happiness For Real Life (WBUR)