Q: I dread my office holiday party. I know I should go, but I'm painfully shy. I end up standing alone by the buffet. Can't I just skip it?

A: "It's good to go out of your comfort zone occasionally. Be a good corporate citizen and make an appearance—and make sure your bosses see you. Not going can be construed as an indication you don't like your colleagues or can't be bothered to attend, neither of which is the impression you want to make." 
Lisa Caputo, chairman and CEO, Citi's Women & Co

"Go. Buy yourself something to wear that makes you feel fantastic and not like Charlie Brown's Christmas tree. Then remember that 'tis the season for giving. So give your attention to someone else. Ask what her holiday plans are, whether she makes New Year's resolutions, when she found out the truth about Santa—it doesn't matter what you ask; but really listen and connect. That's the joy of giving: forgetting about yourself and making someone else feel special." 
Faith Salie, host, public radio's Fair Game from PRI with Faith Salie podcast