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Reduce Holiday Stress by Helping Others

Looking for ways to handle holiday stress? Try volunteering.

According to the American Psychological Association (APS), volunteering at a local charity is an effective way to reduce holiday stress -- and put your own worries in perspective. Offer your services at a soup kitchen or a shelter. If you can volunteer as a family, even better. If time is short, join a giving tree or adopt-a-family program.

Not into volunteering at an official nonprofit organization? Offer a hand to a neighbor -- watch ther kids for an afternoon, shovel snow, bring over dinner.

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