The holiday season does not always bring happiness and joy to everyone. Their are many lonely and sad people throughout the season. Those who have lost loved ones, are single, don't live by family, are sick, etc. The holidays bring high expectations of Pollyannaish feelings. We look forward to them all year long. The season is filled with baking cookies, setting up decorations, shopping for presents, visiting with loved ones, etc. Sometimes all this pressure leads us to being stressed, worn out and disappointed. Often when our holiday fantasy is confronted with reality, it fails to live up to our expectations. We get caught up in the traps of striving for perfection. Instead, happiness can be achieved when you focus on the small moments and things that truly matter to you. Remember the true meaning of the actual holiday and be sure to make that an intricate part of your celebration. Giving, donating and volunteering your time at this time of year can bring much cheer to those in need. Focus on all the good things in your life rather than your daily stresses. Dancing to holiday music can get you in the spirit of things. Light a holiday scented candle to set the mood. When you are feeling overwhelmed, ask for help from those around you. Make sure you maintain your exercise regimen and balance out all the sweets with healthy, nutrient dense foods. Wake up with gratitude each day. If certain family members drive you to insanity and back, limit your time and exposure to them. Set your own boundaries and remember to make time for self-care. Meditate and pray. This time of year should be about celebrating our Savior and treasuring loved ones. Be in the present moment and enjoy it. Lower your expectations so you can appreciate the holiday season properly. Do not compare yourself to others. Surround yourself with positive people who uplift you. Accept what you can not be changed. Life is not perfect. Once you have realistic expectations you can achieve happiness during the hectic holiday season.