The holidays were so much simpler when you were a kid. Take Christmas, for example. You made a list for Santa of all the things you wanted -- a new Hess toy truck, an Easy-Bake Oven -- and then you just tried not to be a little twerp so you’d actually get them. But it’s not that easy anymore: You need to get gifts for your brother, his wife, his wife’s mom’s live-in nurse -- that stuff’s complicated. Luckily, there’s a silver lining.
“Any time you give to others, it makes you feel good -- actually makes you feel good about yourself,” says Sulack. “And positive thoughts are actually proven to affect the stress centers of the brain and boost the immune system, allowing the body to deal with stress more effectively.”
So let’s say you volunteer in a soup kitchen or organize a toy drive, you’ll boost your immune system, increase your antibodies, and decrease inflammation in the body, giving you the ability to fight off this winter’s grossest flu like a champ.