Well you made it through the holidays. This time of year can be overwhelming to say the least. Even more so if you find that you are holding in your feelings in order to survive this time of year. Don't do it! Don't be a victim of resentment and find yourself caught up in the life trap of constantly trying to make "others" happy. Are you yourself completely satisfied with your life and happy? Can you say that even without all of the material things surrounding you, that you have no regrets in Life? If you cannot honestly answer Yes to this question, then it's time that you stop and learn more about how to make "YOU" happy.
Let's define happiness. First of all, being completely fulfilled in life takes work. No one person, children, pets nor can material possessions keep a person happy and fulfilled for life. We have to learn what it is that makes us feel complete in life. We cannot place all of our happiness within a person, or a material item. These things eventually may go away and then what? You're left feeling incomplete, because you didn't take the time to get to know who you really are as a person.
We need to take many of time outs in life. Slow down and truly reflect on what it is in life that you identify with as happiness. If all of your happiness lies within a Spouse, Children or Material items such as how big your house is or how much money is in your bank account. If your happiness depends on any of these things, then you will never truly be happy within yourself.