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Peace on Earth at Your House

Make your holidays happier and healthier (and calmer) with these 15 sneaky strategies. Instant peace!

By Dorothy Foltz-Gray

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Skip the Family Tug-of-War

You want to be thankful. Really. But, sometimes the stress of the holiday catches up with you. Instead of succumbing to that third piece of pie for solace, try these tips for a healthier, happier way to bless—and save—the day.

For starters, refuse to argue about whose family—his or yours—gets you this year. Simply make a two-year plan—alternating households or meals—tell everyone, stick with it, and focus on what matters. "Make spending some time with each family during the holiday the goal, not seeing who gets you for the main event," says family therapist Carleton Kendrick, EdM, LCSW, coauthor of Take Out Your Nose Ring, Honey, We're Going to Grandma's.

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