We think that we can all agree that there is a special feeling of joy that washes over you whenever you are stringing lights on your Christmas tree, wrapping gifts, and of course - watching Christmas movies. It's exciting, calming and just plan wonderful all at the same time. It often makes us wonder why we aren't tuning into these amazing holiday movies all year long? Well, a new study says that doing just that is good for your health, so bring on the Hallmark channel.
In all seriousness: a psychologist has just revealed that these films have been proven to help people live longer and healthier lives, as reported by DoYouRemember? , so don't ever feel bad for getting cozy on the couch in August and turning on The Grinch.
The science behind it is simple and makes sense.
The psychologist has revealed that, "It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness. I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out, signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not. Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone."
This is something that we can totally get behind.
But the amazing benefits of watching Christmas doesn't just end there. Nope. There's more amazingness that the study reveals such as reduced levels of stress and anxiety and relationship strengthening qualities (for both love interests and family members). Why does this happen? It's pretty simple, as watching movies with loved ones brings on feelings of nostalgia, which brings people together due to the focus on family values and close bonds.
So if you ever have a hater approach you about your Christmas movie addiction, you now have science on your side. So go ahead and them that you're doing it because science says so and watch your mood completely change.
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