Want your relationship to last forever? Snuggle together and start binging on romantic Hallmark movies!
Deep down we all know that Christmas movies have THAT special magic in them that even though they seem predictable, they still manage to keep us glued to the screen. Two complete strangers meet and fall in love before the credits of the movie and we get that satisfying ending. But, turns out, other than making us cry and be happy at the same time, Christmas movies are capable of giving OUR LIVES a perfect ending as well!
Experts have found that couples who binge on Christmas movies throughout the year, are happier and stay together for long. Researchers from the University of Rochester and University California, Los Angeles studied over 174 couples in relationships and divided them into groups. One of the groups was asked to watch Christmas movies and by the end of the study, three years later, it was found that the ones who watched the movies were happier and the rest had already broken up or were on the verge of doing so.
"We thought the movie treatment would help, but not nearly as much as the other programs in which we were teaching all of these state-of-the-art skills," said Ronald Rogge, the lead author of the study, in a press release. "The results suggest that husbands and wives have a pretty good sense of what they might be doing right and wrong in their relationships. Thus, you might not need to teach them a whole lot of skills to cut the divorce rate. You might just need to get them to think about how they are currently behaving. And for five movies to give us a benefit over three years -- that is awesome."
Of course, the people in the group were given relationship therapy as well and encouraged to discuss their issues and not suppress them, but the movies played an important part too. I mean, Hallmark movies always get us all emotional and missing our partner, they certainly cheer our mood up and help keep love alive.
"I think it's the couples reinvesting in their relationship and taking a cold hard look at their own behavior that makes the difference," explained Rogge. "The sad truth is that when life knocks you down, you come home and the people you are most likely to lash out at in frustration are the ones you love the most. For these couples to stop and look and say, 'You know, I have yelled at you like that before. I have called you names before and that's not nice. That's not what I want to do to the person I love the most.' Just that insight alone, is likely what makes this intervention work."
Not that you needed another reason to go watch your favorite Christmas movie for the 1000,000th time but now you know that doing so with your partner would bring you two closer than ever and axe the risk of you separating by half! How cool is that? Plus, in addition to that, watching Christmas movies also takes your stress away, release feel-good hormones, fill you with confidence and help relieve anxiety. Wish to lead a happier, healthier and longer life with your partner? Romantic movies is THE answer.