This article was originally published in Business Insider.
- Christmas is strongly linked to nostalgia, which can lead to powerful emotions.
- Christmas songs may be written in a certain way to trigger feelings of sadness.
- Connecting with those negative emotions can have a positive effect on your wellbeing.
“White Christmas,” “Silent Night,” “All I Want for Christmas,” they all reduce me to tears, every year, and I’m not the only one. A quick Google reveals many people feel sad when they hear Christmas carols or a classic Christmas tune.
Experts say those festive feels can be good for our mental health, but why does Christmas music have this effect?