Study finds couples who watch Christmas movies are happier, more likely to stay together

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One of the best ways to get into the Christmas mood is by popping on a Christmas film.

There's a Xmas film that suits everyone's taste - romantic, dramas, comedys, feel-good films and, arguably, even an action Christmas film (hello Die Hard!).

And according to new studies reported by Inner Splendour, those who watch Christmas movies with their other-half are often happier than couples that don't watch them - and they're more likely to last!

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."