By Crabby McSlacker
So the holiday season has arrived, and traditionally this is a time for joy and togetherness. Yet for many of us, this year hardly seems time for celebration.
And I know, this is a health blog, not a political blog. But I feel like I have to acknowledge the elephant in the room---the scary mean orange elephant, the angry beast who defeated the diligent, highly qualified donkey and now rules the world.
These are scary times. It feels too fake and weird to just pretend everything is normal.
We have a president-elect gearing up to destroy our democracy. Not out of malice or twisted ideology. No, Trump is not some epic villain for the ages with a sinister grand plan--he's just arrogant. Ignorant. Entitled. Vindictive. Uninhibited. Mendacious. Greedy. Narcissistic.
Every day comes some fresh outrage, something that would have, in times past, shocked the populace, made bold headlines, brought down administrations. Yet there are never any repercussions. Well, we get funny SNL skits and Samantha Bee rants and Facebook petitions. They makes us feel better momentarily, but we're still facing the same horrific reality a few minutes later.
Am I offending some of you pro-Trump people out there? I'm sorry. But I'm offended you elected this racist, sexist, irrational, authoritarian, hate-filled monster to lead our country.
But hey, if you supported Trump and are somehow still willing to put up with my occasional rants, you are still most welcome here!
So what's the health angle here? It's this: bazillions of studies have shown that feelings of gratitude and appreciation are good for us. Cultivating appreciation, even in the midst of political shitstorms, improves our physical and mental health, and makes us far less likely to be assholes to those around us.
So I thought I'd go first: what are a few things that I'm especially appreciating this year as the holidays roll around?