Mental Health

Science says holiday music is bad for your mental health

Members of a Christmas band (L-R) Carmelo, Giuseppe and Michele take a break in Rome December 12, 2006. For six years, five musicians from the southern Italian town of Fracagnano have been coming to Rome to play Christmas songs in the streets, asking for donations from people who peer out of the window as they hear their music. Only one, Michele, has a fulltime job.   REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli   (ITALY) - GM1DUDLOWIAA

Hearing "Jingle Bells" for the millionth time can lead to annoyance, boredom, and even distress. Image: REUTERS/Dario Pignatelli

Melody Wilding
Social worker, The City University of New York
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