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According to Journal of Happiness Studies, An Interdisciplinary Forum on Subjective Well-Being; Despite the importance of Christmas within many cultures, research has not examined the types of experiences and activities that are associated with holiday well-being.

They asked 117 individuals, ranging in age from 18 to 80,to answer questions about their satisfaction, stress, and emotional state during the Christmas season, as well as questions about their experiences, use of money, and consumption behaviors.

More happiness was reported when family and religious experiences were especially salient, and lower well-being occurred when spending money and receiving gifts predominated. Engaging in environmentally conscious consumption practices also predicted a happier holiday, as did being older and male.In sum, the materialistic aspects of modern Christmas celebrations may undermine well-being, while family and spiritual activities may help people to feel more satisfied.

http://link.springer.com/journal/10902

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