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The social pressures of the festive season are oh. so. real. But turning down an invite to a Christmas party you actually don't want to go to could be the best thing for your mental health.

A new study has revealed politely saying 'no' to unwanted invitations during the holiday season has a bigger positive impact than dragging yourself to countless get-togethers you may not want to attend in the first place.

The research, published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, found that more than three-quarters (77%) of those surveyed accept invitations to gatherings they don’t want to attend out of fear of being judged for declining.

However, scientists found that friends and family not only don’t care about rejected invitations as much as people think they do, but saying "no" more often can also be beneficial in avoiding burnout.

So don't be afraid to turn down invitations here and there. But, keep in mind that spending time with others is how relationships develop, so don't decline every invitation.

Source: Yahoo Life