For those who just can’t wait to decorate their home in time for Christmas, good news is science has confirmed it does indeed make you happier.
According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, decorating the exterior of your house with festive decorations are generally considered more “friendly and cohesive,” with occupants considered more sociable and accessible in the holiday season.
Plus, if you need further convincing that pulling out the festive decor early is in fact good for you, Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst and owner of The McKeown Clinic, has also confimed that putting decorations up early is the ultimate way to bring happiness to your household.
“In a world of stress and anxiety, people like to associate to things that make them happy and Christmas decorations evoke those strong feelings of childhood,” McKeown said.
“Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement so putting up those Christmas decorations early extends the excitement.”
Pyschotherapist Amy Molin has also agreed, explaining that Christmas decorations can take you back to a simpler time.
“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 also says that it can help those who have lost someone feel closer to the loved one in question, adding that “decorating early may help them feel more connected with that individual.”
So if you’re debating whether to bring the tree out of the attic early or not, consider this your official comeback to your household Grinch!