Dr. Campbell: How Christmas can be good for your health

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) — Today is Christmas Day and many of us have plans to eat, drink and be merry — and we should!  While overindulgence can provide you with far too many calories, there are some things you can do to make Christmas good for your health as well!
1. How can Christmas Day boost your health?
We can actually use the joy of the holidays to boost our well-being and mood.
2. What can we do to make it healthy and give ourselves the emotional boost we all need for better health?
Sing: according to Swedish researchers, singing helps to control our breathing and regulate our heartbeat and pulse. Warbling alone is good, but singing in a group is even better. The benefits are similar to yogic breathing, which has a beneficial effect on blood pressure.
Give and Receive: when we give and receive gifts our brains release feel-good chemicals including dopamine and

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