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There’s a Psychological Reason People Love Hallmark Christmas Movies

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The Hallmark Channel is, without a doubt, a major fan favorite during the holiday season. Is there anything cozier than curling up on the couch with a cup of hot cocoa, watching two unlikely characters fall in love in a picturesque small town?

And these feelings aren’t random. In fact, there’s a psychological reason we love watching Hallmark movies. Yes, they’re sometimes (okay, always) cheesy, but they’re also predictable and incredibly soothing.

According to Psychology Today, Hallmark movies’ predictability and light-hearted drama give us comfort. Even if the plot includes outlandish scenarios, we know that by the end, everything is going to be okay. Because while drama might ensue, there’s one thing you can guarantee in a Hallmark movie: everyone lives happily ever after! And that certainty allows us to escape from the hustle and bustle of our wild lives.

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Plus, Hallmark Christmas movies always have a sense of positivity sprinkled throughout them, which is a comfort for many during the holiday season.

“Holidays are great for some but depressing for many,” licensed marriage and family therapist Saniyyah Mayo told HuffPost. “Statistics have shown that depression spikes during the holidays. Although the movie may not be that great, it provides a temporary glimpse of optimism for some.”

We know you’ll watch at least one Hallmark Christmas movie this season, so enjoy! And whether you’re sipping on spiked eggnog or classic hot chocolate, there’s a Hallmark Christmas movie drinking game you’ll definitely want to check out to spice up your next holiday movie marathon.

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