43 Ways the Holidays Will Make You a Happier Human

As if you needed another reason to love the holidays, we're breaking down 40-plus things that put the fattest smiles on our faces this time of year. We're not talking expensive presents, either; it's all about the little things. From mistletoe kisses to caroling, not even Scrooge can deny the power of these feel-good moments. Before it's all over in a flash, soak in every minute!

  1. Sipping on hot chocolate with marshmallows
  2. Listening to holiday music on repeat
  3. Eating out of the popcorn bin
  4. The comfort of going home
  5. Snuggling by the fireplace
  6. Glitter nail polish, glitter pinecones, glitter everything
  7. Watching little kids open presents
  8. Baking and decorating cookies
  9. Decking out the house with holiday decor
  10. Kissing underneath the mistletoe
  11. Eggnog!
  12. Taking flights and road trips to see loved ones
  13. Eating and drinking till you stuff yourself silly
  14. Holiday DIY projects
  15. A Christmas Story and Love Actually movie marathons
  16. Buying poinsettias from the market
  17. Giving to charities
  18. Seeing red cups everywhere
  19. Family game nights
  20. The magical twinkling of holiday lights
  21. Snowball fights
  22. Drinking mulled wine
  23. People being nicer, jollier human beings
  24. Seeing Santa at the mall
  25. Neighborhood caroling
  26. Going to holiday parades
  27. Candy canes
  28. Meeting his family for the first time
  29. Sending and receiving handwritten notes
  30. No work, no school
  31. Wearing spirited socks
  32. Pretty gift wrap
  33. Cooking and having zero leftovers, because it was that good
  34. Popping Champagne bottles
  35. Mini Christmas trees
  36. Making paper snowflakes
  37. Participating in a white elephant gift exchange
  38. Giving in to a turkey coma
  39. Finding the perfect holiday party dress
  40. Hanging up stockings
  41. The scent of fir trees
  42. Not falling while ice skating outdoors
  43. Going to an ugly-sweater party