Why You Should Binge-Watch Your Favorite Movies This Christmas

If there’s one thing we’ve learned in 2020, it’s that human beings can forge connections on screens to temporarily replace real face-to-face human interaction. And I’m not just talking about daily Zoom calls with your colleagues. Spending time with fictional characters on television or in movies can mimic the benefits of seeing real-world friends or loved ones, reports science writer Markham Heid in Elemental — especially, if you’re rewatching your favorite shows or movies.

Medium’s Sam Zabell also explains why binge-watching her favorite Christmas movies brings comfort: human brains are conditioned to feel good when we watch our favorite, cheesy, sometimes trashy Christmas movies:

“A neutral stimulus (in this case, a holiday movie) is paired with an unconditioned stimulus (all of the good memories you associate with Christmas) and creates an emotional response (warm fuzzy feelings).”

When Sam published her piece in December of 2019, she didn’t know what 2020 would bring. But recognizing that you can comfort yourself by watching your favorite movies or shows this holiday season might be more important than ever. Happy Holidays!

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