And then I hope I’ll feel better and be grateful my family is doing OK and my toddler will have more fun ripping wrapping paper and playing with the box containing the toy that took forever to arrive.
I know that airing my gripes could be cathartic, but too much complaining, like too much of anything, might not be so good for me.
“If there ever was a year that warranted celebrating Festivus, 2020 is it,” said Guy Winch, a renowned New York-based clinical psychologist who has a following as Dear Guy on TED and as the co-host of the Dear Therapists Podcast, via email.
“The trick to doing so in an emotionally healthy manner is to distinguish between two types of grievances — those we can’t do anything about and those we would actually like to resolve,” he said.
If your grievances are over things out of your control, like not being able to see loved ones or catch the latest movie or dinner out, then “by all means, stand around that pole and vent,” Winch said.