The holidays present us with an array of festive opportunities for social interaction. Make the most of these moments by asking good questions, listening closely, and seeking moments of connection.
Not all houseguests are created equal. The guests whom I strive to emulate when the tables turn and I’m the one camping out on a friend’s pullout couch share these characteristics.
While life doesn’t contain a restart shortcut, there are certain things that can help us refresh and recalibrate when we feel sluggish, have trouble completing a task, or are discombobulated in one way or another.
Believing that even a good thing can always be made better (should we frost those brownies? YES), I embrace these three rituals that take my reading to the next level of enjoyment, education and meaning.
Good hospitality, rather than being an end in itself, is a vehicle for connection and a tool we can use to show family, friends, acquaintances, and even strangers love and respect. There certainly isn’t a formula for it, but there are concrete actions we can take that make those abstract ideas of openness, warmth and attention a reality.