Give Your Money Away
If the material side of the season is getting you down, find balance with a little more giving. “Truly giving to charity, whether it be time or money, is extremely helpful for keeping your holiday wits about you,” says Peter Dunn, author of 60 Days to Change: A Daily How-To Guide With Actionable Tips for Improving Your Financial Life ($15, amazon.com). In fact, the act of giving has been found to reduce levels of cortisol, a stress hormone. If money is tight, you can still give, by volunteering in your community, fund-raising, even just clicking buttons on certain websites. For more information, see 10 Free Ways to Make Charitable Donations.