Christmas movies say being single stinks, but that's not true.

My research examines when single and coupled people are happy and successful and when they may struggle.

My colleagues and I reviewed single-person research. Singles will celebrate the holidays with joy.Dec. 24, Burnaby, Canada In Conversation Being single stinks. Christmas movies give that sense. 

So many holiday flicks are about finding love. One about being happily single around the holidays? Probably not.Love Actually, The Holiday, Falling for Christmas, Last Christmas, Single All the Way, How to Fall in Love by Christmas, Inn Love by Christmas—many Christmas movies are about love. 

So many that Netflix has a genre for them.Christmas and holiday movies frequently assume that people require a romantic partner to live "happily ever after." 

These movies show characters desperate to find love before Christmas. 

Even when singles aren't looking for love, someone comes along to "fix" their troubles.Singlehood stinks, especially over the holidays. 

I know this is false as a relationship and singlehood scientist.

I know this is false as a relationship and singlehood scientist.

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