Feeling seasonal stress? Try doing a small favor for someone else. A study in Clinical Psychological Science found that
prosocial behavior moderated the effects of stress on positive affect, negative affect, and overall mental health. Findings suggest that affiliative behavior may be an important component of coping with stress and indicate that engaging in prosocial behavior might be an effective strategy for reducing the impact of stress on emotional functioning.
» Read the summary on PsyBlog: A Surprising Way To Cope With Everyday Stress