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Happier, healthier holidays 40 ways to get the most out of the season
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Happier, healthier holidays
40 ways to get the most out of the season
Published: November 2012


For your spirit

29. Forgive. Disagreements within families are normal; dont let them ruin your holidays or your health. A positive attitude can not only help mend and preserve relationships but also improve your heart rate and blood pressure, according to research published in the Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy.

30. Forget what you cant afford. Research in wealthy and poor populations has shown that as long as basic needs are met, additional wealth and material objects have little effect on well-being. In fact, people who are more focused on material goods exhibit reduced life satisfaction and higher levels of depression.

31. Worship with others. A study in the America Journal of Psychiatry concluded that observing ones faith in a social setting was linked to a lower risk of illness, especially depression. If you dont practice a religion, seek out community or other social events.

32. Toast those who arent there. Special remembrances and displays of photos can stimulate affectionate talk about people you miss, turning sadness into special moments.

33. Be merry with your mate. Couples who participate in holiday rituals together, such as decorating their home or lighting candles, can strengthen their marriages, according to Syracuse University researchers.

34. Make a New Years resolution. More than two-thirds of Americans dont partake in this tradition, according to a nationally representative survey conducted by Harris Interactive. That leaves them with no urgency to make changes for the better.

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