Perhaps something to keep in mind during a busy holiday season: Helping others can alleviate stress.
At least that’s what a new study in Clinical Psychological Science is proposing.
The researchers took a look at a group of 77 men and women and had them report back how their days went for two weeks. Turns out whenever they reported helping something out, even a simple task like holding a door open, they learned the action had helped combat the negative emotions related to stress.
It’s a small study, so don’t assume your volunteer work will lead to a stress-free life. However, it’s just another good reason to give someone a helping hand.