Scientists Say That Watching Christmas Movies Is Good For You
Watching Christmas movies is officially good for you, experts say.
The second Halloween ends, it begins. Christmas decorations, trees, carols, and obviously, movies. The whole world seems to be working very hard to get you into the Christmas spirit. Wherever you go, malls, bus stations, supermarkets, you can hear Mariah Carey's 'All I Want for Christmas', and each time you turn on your TV, there's at least one Christmas movie you can watch.
They are cheesy, unrealistic, overly romantic, but you watch them anyway, even though it's just November, and there are plenty of good movies you haven't seen yet. Why?
According to psychologists, watching Christmas movies triggers the release of dopamine, a feel-good hormone.
"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," a psychologist told DoYouRemember website.
This isn't surprising, as Christmas movies are all about love, family, good times spent growing up. Most of them focus on the magic of holidays and the miracles that happen at Christmas. They give you a warm feeling and help you relax, which helps reduce anxiety and stress levels. They all send a positive message that somehow reminds you that it's the season to be kind, peaceful, grateful.
They also make us feel more generous, which triggers a need for shopping, and leads to us spending more than we can afford. So be extra careful, so you don't end up in debt. When everything around you screams 'It's only Christmas once a year', it can be hard to control yourself. However, you don't want to spend the next 6 months covering your debts, do you?