York U holiday experts available


York University experts are available to demystify and comment on topics related to the Holiday Season and the New Year — from the psychology behind giving gifts to surviving the blues

(Please note that the best time to reach experts is during the week of December 17 to 21, 2012)

Story idea: ’Tis the season of giving… or receiving? Gift giving is perceived as a gesture of kindness and thoughtfulness. But is it simply an act of generosity that is nurtured? Altruism could be in your genes, stimulating the giving nature.
York U Expert: Associate Professor Myriam Mongrain, Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Health

Story idea: Oftentimes, New Year’s resolutions include getting back in shape, after yielding to the greatest temptation of overeating holiday meals. There are many tips on how to engage in physical activity or to create an exercise regimen and stick with it throughout the year!
York U Expert: Associate Professor Veronica Jamnik, School of Kinesiology and Health Science, Faculty of Health

Story idea: Holiday season is the time to eat, drink and be merry, but it is spent as a time to eat, drink and be sorry by many who have regrets because of unfulfilled wishes or unfinished business in relationships.
York U Expert: Associate Professor Myriam Mongrain, Dept. of Psychology, Faculty of Health

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