People who put their Christmas decorations up early are happier, science says 6 months ago

People who put their Christmas decorations up early are happier, science says

Have we had the Christmas tree up since November? Maybe...

The Grinch-like members of society may roll their eyes at people who decorate early, but it is actually good for you.

At the beginning of November, I was walking down the road when I spotted Christmas lights in someone's window. Seeing the lights twinkling on a miserable and dreary night gave me such a boost.

It may have been super early but it triggered such a happy feeling in my mind. The decorations reminded me that Christmas is coming.

Christmas decorations help us think of festive memories and merry moments we will spend together in the future.

Scientists have confirmed that putting your decorations up early is actually good for your mood.

Speaking to Today, Psychologist Deborah Serani said the nostalgic feeling triggers happy hormones.

“For a lot of us, Christmas is a magical time, it’s a time of innocence, it’s a time of joy,” Serani explained.

She continued, "It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness."


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"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," Serani revealed.

The kids may drive us mad when we're decorating the tree. Why do they always put the fancy decorations at the back?

But there's something so relaxing and joyous about putting decorations around the house.

It sparks happy feelings we've all been deprived of for far too long.

Christmas time gives us a break from the mundanity of life at the moment.

It helps us remember that there is still a lot to smile about, even if it is just a couple of twinkly lights or a wreath on a door.