With the ongoing pandemic struggles happening around the world, people are spreading happiness by putting up Christmas decorations to inspire hope.
But wait, that could be a very good thing.
Studies show there could be something to the notion of putting up your Christmas decor early.
Research shows you are actually healthier and happier than the rest of us when you celebrate Christmas long-term.
Psychologists say the holidays evoke strong, happy feelings from childhood, combatting our everyday stress and anxiety.
That makes sense, yes?
And, according to a study in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, those who put up Christmas decorations early, are experienced as more likeable and friendly. The study observed homes decorated early. Study participants were asked to rate homes on friendliness and which aspects of the homes’ exteriors contributed to their impressions. Hands down, the Christmas decorations impacted those participating in the study.
It was also noted that the results support the notion that people use their home’s exterior to possibly integrate into the social fabric of a neighborhood.
That makes sense, too.
The early decorating can also cause a neurological shift that produces happiness. What happens is the dopamine in your brain, the feel-good happy hormones in our body, experiences a spike, making you feel happier.
Researchers also add there could be a number of reasons why someone would put up decorations early and that there could be obsessive symptoms. But decorations are most commonly put up for nostalgic purposes to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect. And now, to support hope during COVID19.
Regardless, if you feel the urge to decorate early, do it. The holiday for many of us, reminds us of happier times, memories of loved ones who are no longer with us, and help us feel more connected, loved, healthier and happier.