People Who Put Up Holiday Decorations Early Are Happier
It seems only two seconds ago it was Halloween, and people are already getting their Christmas decorations out. But don’t knock those who are already getting in the festive spirit; it could make them happier people!
We might only be in the third week of November, but with festive food and drinks to make for the holidays, Christmas ads appearing on TV, and Thanksgiving this week, all that’s left is to put up your own Christmas decorations.
Whether it’s a simple tree, or the full works with flashing lights on your house, putting up your decorations will make you happier, according to Unilad. Perhaps you should start digging them out now?!
Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown told Unilad, “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 the 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!”
So there you are — it doesn’t just look nice having the decorations up, it can be good for your health.
Unilad also reports that the Journal of Environmental Psychology found that decorations can be a way to communicate accessibility to neighbors. This means that if your house is covered with decorations, then your neighbors might perceive you are more “friendly and cohesive.” So, maybe this is a great way to get to know your neighbors?
Amy Morin, who is a psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, also told Unilad, “The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past, and it helps people understand their identity. For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods.”
She continued, “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.”
How do you feel about putting your decorations before the December 1 this year?
This post was written by Anna Sky Hulton. For more, check out our sister site heatworld.
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