While the songs say that that the holidays are the "happ-happiest season of all," your brain may disagree. According to neuroscientists, the holiday season comes with unseen stress (balancing family, friends, and work; meeting end-of-the-year deadlines; sleeping less than usual) that compromises our brain's ability to process as it normally does. Worse, this causes a downward spiral through the rest of the body, throwing hormones off balance and suppressing the immune system. However, there are steps you can take to turn the season into a happy one for your brain, too. Here some of the best four, science-backed things you can do for your brain during this time.
Americans love to spend money during the holiday season, and a lot of that money finds its way into the coffers of small businesses. The average small or midsized business earns a whopping 20% of its annual revenues in the weeks between Thanksgiving and December 31, according to a new survey. Small and midsized businesses that sell products (as opposed to services) earn 28 percent of their annual revenues during that period.
Tax time is no one's favorite time of year. But for small business owners, this year's filing deadline at least comes with the promise of better rates ahead: Many of the changes included in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, passed by Congress in December, are going into effect.