An alarming decrease in empathy can make Christmas 2012 a perfect storm for conflict and anger. Families everywhere will be getting together for festivities, food, and football. Unfortunately, conflict and anger often accompany such family gatherings. Past conflicts come up. Old arguments still brewing percolate at the dinner table. A new front of heated arguments are likely to arise this year as differing views about the recent Connecticut school murders are sure to be a hot topic. Gun control advocates will face off against second amendment defenders. Family gatherings don’t have to be upsetting or full of conflict. With a little empathy and the tips offered below, every household can be full of peace and true Christmas joy.
By Mark Jala