A study published in the 'Journal of Environmental Psychology' noted this difference between people who do and those who don't put up early Christmas decorations
With the holiday season upon us, are you one of those who have been decorating your home way in advance, and getting flak for it? Well, here's some good news. Some experts believe that those who decorate their homes for Christmas way earlier are happier and even friendlier people.
Steve McKeown, psychoanalyst and founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, told UNILAD, "Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect. 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!"
I heard that studies show people who decorate for Christmas earlier are happier. 🎅🏻 pic.twitter.com/73QjxR01UY— Brigette K Jensen (@BrigetteKJensen) September 13, 2018
Another expert, Psychologist Deborah Serani confirmed to TODAY Home that decorating can definitely lift your mood! Let's get to the scientific nitty-gritty. "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. For a lot of us, Christmas is a magical time, it’s a time of innocence, it’s a time of joy," Serani added. But if one has had a bad experience with the holidays, it might make you hate decorating and seeing people who decorate. Psychologist and happiness expert Elizabeth Lombardo advises, "Start a new tradition," she told TODAY Home. "Whether it's going away, seeing a movie as a family, volunteering. It creates a new association."
So get rid of the grumpy Scrooge in you and embrace your jolly self! According to this research published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, people who put up decorations for Christmas earlier are friendly and likable. The study reads: Research suggests that U.S. residents may use holiday decorations on their home's exterior to communicate friendliness and cohesiveness with neighbors. In the present research, we examine whether strangers (naive raters) can accurately identify the more friendly residents, and what aspects of the homes' exteriors contribute to their impressions. The results support the idea that residents can use their home's exterior to communicate attachment and possibly to integrate themselves into a neighborhood's social activities.
just read a study showing that people who decorate for Christmas earlier are happier so in your faces LOSERS 🎄— KG❃ (@kgsmind) August 23, 2018
Also, it looks like people are listening to the experts' wise words. This year, a lot more people putting up those decorations earlier this year. According to WAOW stores like ACE Hardware have been ready to serve their happy customers ahead of time! "We've seen a lot of excitement from our customers coming into the store looking for Christmas items, some people are maybe a little depressed or feeling down about the whole situation and they need a little uplifting and so they've come in to look for something new bright and exciting," said Dave Huth, ACE Hardware Manager. During these tough times, we all could use some extra festive cheer! So don't bully people who are getting into the spirit of Christmas.