12 Reasons Why You Should Go Caroling This Holiday Season

12 Reasons Why You Should Go Caroling This Holiday Season

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1. The best way to spread Christmas cheer is singing loud for all to hear

If you learn anything from Buddy or the movie Elf, then you should understand the importance of caroling.

2. It will make you happy

Singing releases endorphins, the brain's "feel good" chemicals, that make you feel instantly happy.

3. It can make other people happy

Who doesn’t love some Christmas carols at their door? Well, who besides Scrooge anyway? Don’t be a Scrooge.

4. Singing is good for your health

Research has shown that singing improves your sleep and improves your heart. It's also great for your lungs and your circulation, and it works your abdominal muscles. Who needs the gym, right? Singing also improves your immune system, or if you're already starting to get that winter cold, then caroling will open up your sinuses.

5. It's free

You don't have to purchase anything, but you can still give a gift to a neighbor or community member. It’s the easiest way to spread holiday cheer without spending any money. All you have to do is give your time, and maybe talents.

6. Family bonding

What better way to spend the holidays than singing alongside your family, or alongside your family away from home if you are still at school.

7. It's fun for kids (or for you to relive your childhood)

Don’t you remember going caroling when you were in elementary school? I know I sang “Feliz Navidad” throughout the halls with my classmates, and it was a blast.

8. You can start a tradition

Get others to join in on the caroling, and it can be something you do every year, YOUR new tradition.

9. It puts people in the holiday spirit

Sometimes people just aren’t in the mood for the holidays, but a friendly greeting from carolers usually will change their minds. Maybe they’ll even do a random act of kindness in the spirit of the season. And that will make the world just a bit happier.

10. Sometimes they'll give you food or snacks in return

Who doesn’t love some home cooked goodies and snacks? You can never go wrong with some classic Christmas cookies.

11. If you're a college student, it's a great stress reliever before or during #finals

Singing releases oxytocin, a brain chemical which is a natural stress reliever.

12. Enhances mental awareness, concentration, and memory

Speaking of finals, you'll probably need all your available concentration and memory to do well on them or at least survive them, so why not improve your odds of success by taking a study break to go caroling?

So, envision this: you decide to go caroling after all, and the next thing you know, you’ll be finished with finals and heading home for the holidays with an extra gift - good cheer to share for the rest of the year.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

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12 Gifts To Give Your Girlfriend On Valentine's Day

All of these gift ideas will for sure win over your girlfriend's heart this year!

To all the last-minute gift givers of Valentine's Day:

Don't panic. While I know how stressful it can be to get the perfect gift for your significant other, there are so many gift ideas that people always forget as an option. The best part about Valentine's day is not the gifts you get, but rather the romantic time you get to spend with your loved one. So don't worry about how expensive the gift is, just worry about how much thought you put into it. If you are still stuck on a gift to buy for your girlfriend, here are 12 ideas to get the ball rolling for you:

1. Chocolate

Chocolate is every woman's best friend. It also can be your wallet's best friend for this Valentine's Day season. A box of chocolate can warm your girlfriend's heart for a low price.

Buy a box on Amazon.

2. Flowers

Flowers. Another common, but romantic gift for your girlfriend. Get creative with it. Throw rose pedals all over the bed, or hand her a giant bouquet all at once. Either way I am sure she will love it.

Buy them on Amazon.

3. Giant Teddy Bear

This is a gift that I always found so adorable. While it can be obnoxious to purchase and carry around, the look on your girlfriend's face when she sees it will make it all worth it. She can cuddle the bear when you're not around. ;)

Buy one on Amazon.

4. Wine

Again, another luxury that is a woman's best friend. You cannot go wrong with buying your girlfriend a bottle, or bottles, of wine. The only question you have to ask yourself when buying it is, red or white?

Buy a set of glasses to match on Amazon.

5. A Couple's Massage

Um, hello. Who wouldn't love this gift? Not only is it a gift for her, but it is one for you as well. This gift can also be surprisingly cheap. Many places offer amazing deals during the Valentine's Day season!

6. Dinner

There is absolutely nothing wrong with just taking your girlfriend to a romantic dinner on Valentine's Day. Dinner can be expensive enough as it is, the important thing to remember is to make memories that will last a lifetime during the meal.

7. A Movie

Again, nothing wrong with just going to a movie for the night. Sometimes a movie can set the level of romance you need for Valentine's Day.

Buy an AMC gift card on Amazon.

8. A Necklace

I know what you're thinking, too expensive! Don't throw away the necklace idea just yet. There are so many stores that sell such elegant necklaces, and they are decently priced as well. Check out stores like Alex and Ani, or Pandora for great deals, or just order from Amazon!

Buy one on Amazon.

9. A Ring

While this gift may only apply to a select few, imagine how memorable this day would be for your girlfriend. Do not think it is too cliche to propose to your girlfriend on Valentine's Day. Who cares how many other people do it, think about the joy it will bring her.

Buy a diamond ring on Amazon.

10. Clothes

Plan and buy your girlfriend's outfit for the night! It saves her time figuring out what to wear, and you just bought her clothes that she will absolutely adore!

Buy a sweater she will love on Amazon.

11. A One Night Stay at a Hotel

I don't think I have to say anything about this gift. You all know how romantic this is.

Buy a Hotels.com gift card on Amazon.

12. Personalized Picture Frame

A gift that is beyond thoughtful. Taking all of your pictures of memories from before and putting them together for your girlfriend is a gift that will for sure have her in tears.

Buy one on Amazon.

Please note that all items are in stock as of the time of publication. As an Amazon Associate, Odyssey may earn a portion of qualifying sales.

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5 Things To Look For Before Signing A Lease

"Does it have a hallway closet?"


Spring is an exciting time of year. The trees are starting to get leaves again, flowers are blooming and the weather is starting to get nicer. Spring Break seems to be right around the corner. However, Spring also brings the dreaded apartment hunting season. Once your lease is up you can either renew it or find a new place. Finding a new apartment can be stressful but that shouldn't take the fun out of it. So, here is a list of things I wish I had known to look for before signing the lease.

Check for hallway closets

Once moving in you realize how much you miss that closet in the hallway and how much stuff you really put in there. That closet was the perfect place to stash those pesky cleaning supplies, the vacuum, and the broom. Those odds and ends like the extra paper towels and water bottles so nicely fit into that hallway closet you took for granted. Living without storage for these items has made our living area and kitchen look a mess and a nuisance when having to move it just to use the table.

Noise levels

Noise levels are something that is often forgotten about when walking through an apartment. You shouldn't be able to hear your roommates Netflix binge through the wall. What about the floors do the creak? Does the door make an annoying screech when opening it? What about the traffic outside does it bother you? Remember once you sign that lease you're stuck until it is up. Living with creaky doors and floors makes going to your 8 am class so much worse knowing you might wake your roommate by accident.


Damages are something most people notice before moving in but is there water damage? Water damage often means a leaking roof or dripping pipe that could become a worse issue later. Taking note of these damages before signing can prevent you from having to pay for them later.


It's college everyone parties it seems, but living by the parties can be annoying especially if you're trying to study. Partying usually happens a couple nights of the week but those couple nights seem like every night when attempting to study for an exam on Thirsty Thursday. Studying feels nearly impossible when you hear a raging party going on next door.

Kitchen storage

Storage in general as mentioned in number one is important. A place for your food in the kitchen makes a difference in how much you actually cook. When having a place for cans or boxes of pasta you feel less overwhelmed when you do cook them. Cooking with stuff on the counters isn't only annoying but it makes a mess to clean up. Storage for all your kitchen gadgets and dishes makes for an easier life and not just piles laying around.

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