We all know someone who loves a well-put-together Christmas decoration set up. If you ever wondered why people love all the lights and tinsel that come with Christmas, it could be because it genuinely makes them happy. Studies now show that setting up your décor earlier than usual can make you even happier!
Here’s why putting up your Christmas décor earlier is good for you
It’s only September and still a good few months before Christmas so the idea of putting up decorations may seem daunting to those of you who don’t particularly see what’s merry in “Merry Christmas.”
An old but quite relevant study, however, shows that not only does putting up your Christmas decorations bring lighten the mood, putting them up earlier than usual can make you happy.
Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst from The McKeown Clinic, says that putting up your decorations at the beginning of November is the best time to make the most of the Christmas excitement rush.
“In a world full of stress and anxiety people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood.
“Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement.
“So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement,” McKeown tells Unilad.
More professionals agree
Psychologist Deborah Serani agrees that those who get an early start with decorations tend to experience a lot more joy than those who don’t.
“It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” she said. “I think anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out … signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not.”
“Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone,” said Serani in a TodayHome article.
According to Serani, the lights and colours used for decorating act as chromotherapy or colour therapy which is thought to increase energy levels and boost happiness.
Of course, many people also associate the festive season with family and fond memories of filled bellies…