At holiday get togethers, there can be that person with whom it tends to be tough to connect.
Maybe it’s a Debbie Downer who just complains about how terrible the year has been, wanting to trauma share. No thanks!
Maybe it’s an Angry Political Pete, who gets on a rant after too much eggnog! Definitely NOT hanging around for that!
No matter what side you are on, talking about politics right now tends to be upsetting, so why go there?!
Or maybe it is just someone who is super shy and painfully difficult to engage.
The conversation starters below have proven to be ones that can turn a seemly horrible interaction into a fun time!
They all invite people to get into a state of gratitude.
Gratitude just works. It can turn a frown upside down and it creates a positive cycle of more gratitude.
When in doubt, default to gratitude.
Political Pete to Positive Paul: “Hey, I totally get how passionate you are about this. But I promised myself I wouldn’t discuss politics this Christmas. To stay with the spirit of the holiday, what is your favorite childhood memory of Christmas? What’s your favorite holiday cookie?”
Debbie Downer to Grateful Gracie: “My heart goes out to you, so sorry you have struggled so much this year. Remember that holiday song from the Sound of Music, ‘My Favorite Things?’ When I am down, I try to remember the good stuff in my life to get perspective, like my favorite hot drink, my almond milk cappuccino or my favorite food, cheese! Or my favorite holiday cookie! What’s your favorite food? What’s your favorite place to get it?”
Shy Sally to Confident Cathy: “Found any good shows you are into lately? I am addicted to both Marvelous Mrs. Maisel and The Morning Show! Scene any good movies lately? What’s your favorite movie of all time?”
Hope this helps! If these bomb, you can always exude yourself to bathroom 😉
With so much love and gratitude for you!