While some of you groan when you see stores or houses starting to put out holiday decorations before Halloween even has its chance to shine, some others’ hearts (mine, mine, MINE!) leap from joy.
For all the people who belong to the latter group, a new study has found that people who put up their Christmas decorations early are happier and healthier. So, your house and tree is not the only thing to lighten up during Christmas. Your serotonin receptors are ones to lighten as well.
So, in case you’ve been trying and failing to persuade your family that no, it’s not too early to put the tinsel decorations and plug in the fairy lights, then tell them what psychology experts say. I mean, don’t the shimmering lights add life to your room, house, and your quiet and boring street?
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology concluded that Christmas decorations can have an impact on your mental and social well-being, so here’s another reason to put up your decorations.
Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst at The McKeown Clinic, told UNILAD that many people associate these festive decorations with their childhood. No wonder, this is my favorite holiday and the most nostalgic one.
Steve McKeown says that one of the reasons to put up decorations early, is to compensate for past neglect:
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.
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He continued explaining the association of decoration object and happy thoughts.
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.
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Decorations also create a warm, friendly, and approachable environment for your neighbors.
“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,” the study said.
The same way it affects your, Christmas decorations can also affect your neighbor’s sense of nostalgia. Objects can be used as time tickets which bring past events through your memory. They remind us of happy moments or people who were part of our lives but aren’t anymore.
“It may be a bittersweet feeling. Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa,” Amy Morin, psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, told UNILAD.
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That’s why it may be legitimate to say Christmas decorations can help to keep the doctor away. The process of decorating and the effect of lights and other ornaments make you feel happy. And when you feel happy, your body releases “happy hormones” like endorphins, dopamine, and serotonin in your brain.
Happy hormones act as natural painkillers, which reduce depression, strengthens your immune system and enhance your memory and energy levels.
So, while others are looking for ways to celebrate Halloween, I’m here like:
Merry early Christmas, already!
[H/T: Better Homes & Gardens / UNILAD]
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