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Americans Love their Holidays: But Hate the Hustle, Bustle and Hassle

By Lis Lammers - November 22, 2015

Thanksgiving and Christmas Day - two of the happiest days of the year according to Gallup’s U.S. Mood Index. Yet for those of us in charge of our family celebrations, these two days can gobble up every little bit of our holiday spirit. 

Academic research shows that spending time with people we feel connected to over the holidays can increase our levels of serotonin, the happiness hormone.  However, the work we do in readying our homes for our seasonal celebrations can heighten our levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. 

Seems obvious considering the typical person spends 42 HOURS getting ready for the holidays!  And that’s on top of our everyday normal routines and work schedules!

A Consumer Reports Holiday Shopping survey broke it down even further.  We are spending…
  • 15 hours gift shopping
  • 3.5 hours standing in line
  • 1 hour returning items
  • 7.5 hours traveling
  • 20+ hours at holiday parties
Whew!  We didn’t even include the time decorating the house, putting up the tree or cooking.

Enjoy the Holidays with the Help of a Personal Assistant
For those of you wanting to lower your cortisol levels or those needing a bit more “Me Time” in the midst of the hustle and bustle of Christmas, give Home Life Concierge a jingle.  A personal assistant and lifestyle management company in Las Vegas, HLC can help you with all your holiday errands and shopping, leaving you time to cherish the season with the people you love. 
About HLC
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