This holiday season should be full of joy, friendship, appreciation and all those other things that make us human. Yet, it also often ramps up expectations and stress. Here's a list, gleaned from various experts and sources, to help you stay smiling.

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This holiday season should be full of joy, friendship, appreciation and all those other things that make us human. Yet, it also often ramps up expectations and stress.

Here’s a list, gleaned from various experts and sources, to help you stay smiling.

1. Do something for yourself. Drop in on a yoga class or get a massage to reset your body and mind.

2. Do something nice for someone without expecting anything in return.

3. Go for a stroll — and breathe.

4. Get the heart rate up with vigorous exercise for a zing of well-being.

5. Eat better and go easy on the alcohol.

6. Get organized and make a list before you hit the mall.

7. Don’t hurry. Holiday travel is always a slog, so just go with the flow.

8. Even for a moment here and there, view the season from a kid’s angle.

9. It’s OK to say no once in awhile.

10. Judge less. Accept more.

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