Holidays can be tough. One reason: spending time with difficult relatives. Here are some strategies for keeping the find together pleasant:

1. Before you join the group, spend a few minutes thinking about how you want to behave. If you’ve had unpleasant experiences in the past, think about why they were unpleasant and what you could do to change the dynamics of the situation.

2. Avoid strife. Some families enjoy passionately arguing among themselves; however, most don’t handle arguments very well. There’s a time and place for everything. This may not be a good time for a family argument.

3. Don’t drink much alcohol. Alcohol makes some people feel merry, but it also makes some feel combative or self-pitying, or lowers there inhibitions in a destructive way.

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