Christmas is the best time of the year and, back me up on this, it takes PATIENCE to wait for it to come every year and it passes by so soon! The Christmas cheer, the lights, the tree, the presents, the movies – everything about Christmas is so magical, if only it could last forever. You take down your decorations with a heavy heart and bid your favorite holiday farewell for another year, wishing you could relive those moments. While you have no other choice than to wait for December again, there’s nobody stopping you from watching your favorite Christmas movies! “But, who watches Christmas movies when it’s so far away?” Well, the smart ones do. In fact, experts have found that people who watch Christmas movies throughout the year are smarter and happier than others. How? Below are some reasons!

1. Christmas movies relieve stress
Christmas movies are amazing stress busters! They are filled with such positive vibes that they take your worries away. If you’re feeling low, watching a Christmas movie is always a good idea as not only does it remind you of your favorite holiday, but they are also therapeutic in nature. Watch a classic and you’ll feel calm and relaxed! The ones who binge on Christmas movies often are proven to be happier.

2. It releases the feel-good hormone
Watching Christmas movies boosts dopamine production in your body and you naturally feel better. Psychologist Deborah revealed in an interview that just putting Christmas decorations on releases feel-good hormones. “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,” She added.

3. You feel nostalgic..
Celebrating Christmas is not only fun, but it is also a tradition. Every year we gather together with our loved ones and spend quality time together by having special Christmas dinners, parties, or just chilling in bed while watching Christmas movies. When you feast on Christmas movies, you’re often reminded of all the good times you’ve spent with the ones who mean the most to you. You feel love, you feel nostalgic.

4. Christmas movies make you confident
This shouldn’t come as a surprise. Christmas movies are full of positivity, good vibes, values, and inspiration. In fact, most primary schools these days make children watch Christmas movies together to inculcate positivity in them, teaching them to be kind and content. If not always, more than often Christmas movies end on a happy note, which makes the viewer believe that no matter what they are currently going through, everything will be okay.

5. It helps you bond with your loved ones..
Watching movies together is always a good idea when you’re trying to improve your relationship with anyone, be it your kid, your spouse or a friend. Watching Christmas movies together, however, has a bigger impact. Why? Because these movies focus on family values, love between two people and the powerful bond of friendship. Plus, laughing together always helps.

6. It reduces anxiety
To many, the festival of Christmas comes as a relief. It’s their escape from the real world into their own winter wonderland of fantasy and often when Christmas passes by, these people find themselves too anxious and unable to concentrate on anything else. Watching Christmas movies comforts them, relieves stress and lightens up their mood.

7. It stimulates your brain..
Watching an old Christmas movie is like remembering pieces to a song. You know it, you love it, and you keep trying to predict what a character is going to say, which scene will come next and whenever you get it right, you feel like the king/queen of all Christmas movies, no kidding. You’ve watched so many and you’ll keep watching them, that’s pretty much your thing. You watch them all. Not only does watching the same movies stimulate your brain but it also improves your memory.

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