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Viewpoint: Holidays Don't Have to Mean Stress
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In case you were wondering, the sun rose at 7:03 a.m. on Tuesday and set at 6:29 p.m. that same day. On December 21, the shortest day of the year because of daylight savings time, the sun will rise at 7:14 a.m. and set at 4:40 p.m. Along with the ever-shorter days (five hours and 27 minutes shorter than the longest day of the year) comes the holidays, increased expenses because of the holidays, depression and stress.

In an NBC News poll 45% of Americans said they would like to skip Christmas. Almost 70% said they felt like they had a “lack of time” during the holidays. Fifty-one percent of Americans are stressed by “the pressure to give or get gifts". Although the holidays can be depressing there is little evidence to suggest that depression leads to the increase in January suicides

The Christmas suicide peak is, indeed, a myth, and a long perpetuated one, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In fact, according to CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics, US suicides (at more than 40,000 per year, the 10th–leading cause of death) are at a nadir in December, and peak in the spring and fall.

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