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When everyone around you is coughing and sneezing, try this trick to avoid getting sick, too: Set aside one evening a week for family movie night – and stick with it!
Researchers at the State University of New York found that regular R&R cuts our risk of illness by more than a third. Because kicking back and relaxing allows our frazzled nervous system to cut production of stress hormones, which weaken our immunity. Plus, when we’re relaxed, our body boosts production of germ-fighting antibodies, which is the first line of defense against illness-causing invaders.