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You Don’t Need a Holiday

Let’s stop waiting for federally recognized days off to celebrate the people we love — or to take care of ourselves

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If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that we need to grab happiness wherever we can find it — which is why the cancellation of holiday celebrations in the face of the worsening pandemic has felt especially hard to take. It’s a…




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Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith

Kathleen Smith is a therapist and author of the book Everything Isn’t Terrible: Conquer Your Insecurities, Interrupt Your Anxiety, and Finally Calm Down.

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