We all joke about Christmas being the time of year when we snack on unhealthy sweet treats, get the occasional cold, and maybe pack on a bit of extra holiday weight. But actually, Christmas can be more beneficial for our minds and bodies than you might think. In fact, Christmas can do wonders for your health! Here are some of the ways that this much-loved holiday can improve your health.
Christmas dinner is full of vegetables
Most Christmas dinners focus on the meat, but even the meatiest of Christmas meals usually involve a fair amount of vegetables on the side.
Vegetables are packed full of nutrients and vitamins that boost our immune system, give us additional energy, and keep us glowing throughout the winter months.
You feel happier at Christmas
Christmas is a time for festive cheer, and for many of us, it’s the happiest time of the year.
Studies have proven that happiness is key to good health. If you want your body to be in top shape, you need your mind to be in high spirits. Plus, if you do come down with any dreaded winter colds over the holiday period, you might just find it that bit more bearable if you’re in high spirits when it hits.
Giving boosts your health and happiness
Christmas is the season for giving, and you’ve probably noticed that as you hand a gift to somebody, you feel great. There’s a reason we feel we good when giving, and it directly impacts on our health.
You might have heard of the ‘cuddle hormone’, the hormone that the brain releases to make us feel great when we hug somebody, but what most people don’t realise is that the act of giving also have a similar effect on the brain. When we give, endorphins are released in the brain, making us feel amazing. Studies have even linked generosity to longer life spans! If that’s not motivation to get your loved ones some great presents I don’t know what is!