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Already hating everything (and everyone) this holiday season? This can help.

It’s the most wonderful time of the year… except when it’s the absolute worst. Unrealistic expectations, awkward family dinners and the stress of checking off that long gift list can grind down even the most cheerful among us.Although you might not be able to eliminate family dysfunction or shopping stress, there are a handful of mindfulness tools you can use to help better navigate these stressors. We asked world-renowned meditation expert Sharon Salzberg, author of "Real Love: The Art of Mindful Connection," for tips to improve the holiday experience.Here’s her take on the season’s biggest emotional triggers and tips for what you can do to manage them and wring more joy out of the holidays:Quash expec ...