The holidays are generally a time of togetherness, gratitude and happiness. But not everyone feels that way. According to a very bah-humbug poll from Consumer Reports, 35 million people list "being nice" as something they dread about the holidays. Talk about being a Grinch!
What else do people dread this time of year? The Consumer Reports' study, which was a representative telephone survey of 1,013 adults, found that 68 percent of people hate the crowds and long lines during the holidays. Thirty-seven percent could do without the weight gain and getting into debt. Twenty-eight percent of those surveyed said gift shopping made them feel like Scrooge, and about a quarter of people said traveling, seeing certain relatives and seasonal music were all things they dreaded. A total of 15 percent of people told Consumer Reports that being nice was a holiday downer.
Would you agree with this list of holiday dreads? Would you add any to the list? We're hoping they soon come out with a survey asking what people like most about the holidays!
Jennipher Walters is the CEO and co-founder of the healthy living websites FitBottomedGirls.com and FitBottomedMamas.com. A certified personal trainer, lifestyle and weight management coach and group exercise instructor, she also holds an MA in health journalism and regularly writes about all things fitness and wellness for various online publications.