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How to be Happy when the Holidays are Over

We’re busy having so much fun during the holidays and then they’re done - only blahs and blues remain. If you want to sustain happiness after the holidays, learn from retailers. This sounds counterintuitive and crassly materialistic, but the core principles are not. Retailers know how to generate a buzz and keep it going. Do you?

Retailers start stocking the shelves in September and mailing out their holiday catalogues before Halloween even hits. Periodically, there are special one-day sales. Shopping Online? Major department stores host special mad-rush hourly sales in early November. Human beings just love to anticipate and celebrate events as well as anticipate and celebrate anniversaries of these events: Graduation, a fresh new love, first job, first car, new home, marriage, a new baby, holidays, etc. – the possibilities are endless. In fact, anticipation often trumps the reality of achievement because who can compete with the imagination?

The secret to a sustainable happiness is lining up your own series of small celebrations to anticipate:
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