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In Defense of Hallmark Happiness

As we embark on what may be our weirdest holiday season yet, let’s make sure we are keeping our mental health in check. 2020 has been a year of scary unknowns, social media arguments of epic proportions, and isolation greater than we have ever known. As a result, depression and anxiety are at an all time high and we need to make an extra effort to take care of ourselves which includes our mental well being. Some of you may be looking for some resources to help in lifting your spirits and the Hallmark Channel is here to help. Yes I said it. The Hallmark Channel. Bear with me a moment while I explain. Please and Thank you.

I will admit that I had never before seen a single Hallmark film before this year, however, 2020 was such a dumpster fire I was willing to try anything to get into the holiday spirit. After years of hearing positive reviews, I went ahead and turned it on, and wouldn’t you know, it was exactly what I thought it would be. A sassy New Yorker inherits an inn states away in rural wherever only to find love with the one single attractive townie. A high profile financier has to visit a client just days before Christmas to try and save the business and wouldn’t you know it, that very trip reignites both holiday spirit and a years ago love affair. Could this be any more predictable? Nope! And that is exactly why you should give it a try this year. Hallmark has a way of enveloping us all in a warm feel good emotional hug. If this year has taught us anything, it’s that we could all use a really good hug now and then.

All of those 90s stars you grew up with are all now the main faces of this channel. Ben Savage of Boy Meets World meets up with Mia Kirshner of L Word and Not Another Teen Movie fame to teach her all about the wonders of Hanukkah. Lacey Chabert from Party of Five and Mean Girls is a high ranking attorney who happens upon a free trip to a sleepy Christmas obsessed inn where she meets a crew of folks who help her rediscover the magic of Christmas. Rachel Leigh Cook of She’s All That fame stumbles her way to love in quite a few of these films as well as Candace Cameron Bure whom you may remember as DJ Tanner on Full House. It seems all your old TGIF favorites found their way back together, just as the people in these movies find their way to warm holiday spirit and even head over heels in love.

It seems someone at Hallmark decided they would be the serotonin channel and would make it their mission to bring us nonstop joy. Serotonin is your happy hormone and can be triggered by anything that has traditionally made you happy in the past. For some that is connecting with other humans, being with family, or seeing old friends. For other’s it is the excitement of a new relationship when you just KNOW it will end in happiness and dare I say it, falling in love. There is a very strong comfort that comes with knowing there will be a happy ending and even knowing it is coming can make that serotonin spill. Hallmark combines all these stereotypical happy moments into one predictable holiday ball for us to have and to hold in our very own homes.

The perfectly coiffed beautiful people are matched only by their impressively decorated homes and businesses. This décor is next level so do not judge your own home by it at all. Only the likes of Kris Jenner and Martha Stewart could dare compete. Lights a twinkling, wreathes a weaving, its all happening in these single successful adult homes. Everything ends as it should here. Happiness and kisses. No pandemics, no political arguments, no stay at home orders. Just will they or won’t they. Spoiler alert: they will! Just when you thought it could not get any better, it seems the Hallmark Channel is providing 24 hours of uninterrupted Christmas cheer on December 25th. All feel good, happy ending Christmas movies, no commercials. 

Now I do not know what Hallmark provides the rest of the year, but for the remainder of the holiday season I know where I will be headed for some basic, beautiful, predictable holiday cheer. Join me in boosting that serotonin won’t you? During an unprecedented stressful year, the holidays should provide some happiness and comfort. While your own personal holiday season may not look the same as in years past, allow the Hallmark Channel to take you away to a time when it could. Know that not only will the movie you’re watching have a happy ending, but your night could too!

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