Stress Tip: Help Someone Else

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Sure, asking for help is great advice. You can't go it alone. But we believe something more powerful: Giving and receiving are a continuous loop. If you accept support, you are better able to give it. And when you give help, you sow good will for when you need assistance in the future.

When you do good, you feel good. Offering help releases oxytocin, the hormone responsible for feelings of love and trust. Over time that generous behavior can quell your anxiety, reduce depression and maybe even increase lifespan. Offering help doesn't have to be a big production, either. A five-minute favor, a random act of kindness, a mentoring lunch with a young colleague all count. So the next time you feel stress crowding out good thoughts, turn your attention to where you can give next -- and shift your focus in a healthier, happier direction.

Read more on how to make giving a bigger part of your life.

--Posted by Lindsay Holmes

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