By Brené Brown
I look forward to the holidays with childlike glee. As soon as the Texas heat drops below 80 degrees, I sneak a few Christmas carols onto my playlist; the tree goes up right after Thanksgiving. But by mid-December, I've gone into survival mode, and I'm not feeling much holiday joy. Why? Because when I'm scrambling to string up lights or send out another 50 cards-that is, when I'm worrying about the outside world's perceptions-I forget to be present in my own home for my husband and our two amazing kids.
Oprah has said that what we all want most in life is to be seen, and I couldn't agree more. A joyful home is one in which people feel seen and appreciated. It's easy to fall into the trap of thinking the holidays are about giving and receiving presents or attending parties, but it's really small, quiet acts of gratitude that cultivate connection. Gratitude creates joy-not vice versa. So this year I'm going to give thanks every chance I get for that special group of folksRead More »from Brene Brown: 3 Acts of Gratitude that Can Strengthen Your Family