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Holiday anticipation can affect mood

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Dr. Ann Johnson, an Asst. Professor of Psychology at Ohio Northern University says that the holidays tend to give people something to look forward to and that feeling can lift spirits. Dr. Ann Johnson, an Asst. Professor of Psychology at Ohio Northern University says that the holidays tend to give people something to look forward to and that feeling can lift spirits.

The countdown to Christmas has officially begun and if you have noticed more positivity in your day-to-day mood, that may be why.

Dr. Ann Johnson, an Asst. Professor of Psychology at Ohio Northern University says that the holidays tend to give people something to look forward to and that feeling can lift spirits. She says this is especially true for people who have a good relationship with their family because they will enjoy shopping for gifts for them and look forward to that quality time with their loved ones.

But the holidays do not brighten everyone's season. Johnson says for some, the biggest thing they feel this time of year is stress.

"I think just extra duties, and we find that for certain groups in particular like women, who tend to bear the brunt of having to do more tasks, then they tend to see increases in stress," said Johnson. "Also, for lower-income families, they have to do more financially to make the holidays work and for them, things can be a bit more stressful."

Johnson says that stress typically tends to fall away after the holidays are over, leaving those people in a happier mood.

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