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The team at Don’t Forget The Bubbles would like to wish all of those who come and visit us online a happy holiday season.

To make sure it is a good one we’ll leave you with this paper from the aptly named Journal of Happiness Studies…

Kasser T, Sheldon KM. What makes for a merry Christmas?. Journal of Happiness Studies. 2002 Dec 1;3(4):313-29.

This qualitative study involved information gleaned from interviews with 117 individuals, aged between 18 and 80, regarding their experiences of the Christmas season.  The bottom line is something that we, in our hearts, already knew -we are happier when they involve family or faith and less happy when spending money and receiving gifts is the overwhelming aim. This is something Charles Dickens well knew 180 years ago…

“There are many things from which I might have derived good, by which I have not profited, I dare say,’ returned the nephew. ‘Christmas among the rest. But I am sure I have always thought of Christmas time, when it has come round—apart from the veneration due to its sacred name and origin, if anything belonging to it can be apart from that—as a good time; a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time; the only time I know of, in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys. And therefore, uncle, though it has never put a scrap of gold or silver in my pocket, I believe that it has done me good, and will do me good; and I say, God bless it!”

Charles Dickens – A Christmas Carol

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