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Help Yourself by Helping Others

It may be the key to relieving your stress.

BY December 24, 2015


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. 


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