Why celebrating is good for your health
But – the celebrations need to include 3 key elements, which according to the research published in the Journal of Public Policy & Marketing are eating and drinking, gathering together, and marking positive life events. These three elements together create an increased sense of social support which is associated with positive health and wellbeing outcomes.
The authors of the study note that while the first two elements are present in most celebrations, including the third element – intentionally recognising positive events and achievements – is key to maximising benefits to wellbeing.
Additionally, they revealed that as long as the three elements are met, virtual gatherings also increase perceived social support and so can provide wellbeing benefits.
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