Beat the blues by gossiping with friends!
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.