Beat the blues by gos­sip­ing with friends!

Woman's World - - Wise Words -

Can’t shake your stress? Share a bit of friendly gos­sip and your sour mood will melt away. Univer­sity of Pitts­burgh re­searchers say a three-minute daily dose of bond­ing with friends or neigh­bors over shared in­ter­ests ups feel­ings of hap­pi­ness by cut­ting stress hor­mone lev­els 25%. If you’re feel­ing anx­ious about up­com­ing to-do’s, like hit­ting a busy mall to shop for gifts, catch up with friends be­fore­hand. Brown Univer­sity re­search sug­gests you’ll lower your blood pres­sure for four hours straight. OR WATCH MORE TV! En­joy a lit­tle “25 Days of Christ­mas” or watch It’s a Won­der­ful Life (again!) in­stead of do­ing chores. A Brown Univer­sity study found watch­ing up­beat hol­i­day shows revs the pro­duc­tion of hap­pi­ness hor­mones.

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