In a study that flies in the face of every Grinch and Scrooge that exists, researchers have found that people who put their Christmas decorations up earlier, are happier. So get your jingle on.
If you’re the type of jolly fellow who dusts off the Christmas wreath and tree as soon as the Halloween decorations are down, then you’re as happy as can be, according to the experts.
Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown says putting up decorations early (and we’re assuming this means before December 1), gives us all of those nostalgic warm and fuzzy feelings that transport us back to our childhood.
“In a world of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood,” McKeown told Unilad.
“Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement so putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement!”
Psychotherapist Amy Morin explained that there may be other reasons putting up Christmas decorations early makes us feel good.
“Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa.
“For people who have lost a loved one, the holidays may serve as a reminder of happy times they had with that person in the past. Decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”
In one study researchers indicate that we even perceive people in houses that are decorated as more ‘friendly, sociable and accessible’.
“The results support the idea that residents can use their home’s exterior to communicate attachment and possibly to integrate themselves into a neighbourhood’s social activities,” researchers wrote.
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