People seem to have extreme reactions to the holidays. Some get incredibly stressed, and others get really excited. In Exuberance: The Passion for Life (Alfred A. Knopf, 2004), Kay Redfield Jamison, a psychiatry professor at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Baltimore, notes that her profession tends to pay more attention to negative emotions like depression, anger and anxiety than to positive ones like enthusiasm, joy and exuberance. No wonder we hear more about the stresses of this time of year than its pleasures.
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