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Putting Christmas Lights & Decorations Up Early Could Make People Happier, According to Experts

Putting Christmas Lights & Decorations Up Early Could Make People Happier, According to Experts

Experts say putting up decorations releases dopamine in your body. Early decorations also mean extended bliss.

2020 did not go as expected for most of us. With the pandemic and lockdown, it is safe to say many of us are just waiting for this year to end. 

No matter what, the holiday season lights up our spirits and brings a special joy to all of our hearts. So we really need not wait till December to deck our homes with decorations.

Start it now as it is surely one of the best ways to keep you smiling and happy. If you still haven't believed me, you should hear it from the experts.

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“It create[s] that neurological shift that can produce happiness. Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone," said psychologist Deborah Serani, according to Tip Hero.

According to Good Housekeeping, getting your decorations up early extends the bliss of the holiday season. It helps you savor and absorb the beautiful moments slowly and steadily. Create a new family tradition that can better all your experiences such as a game around the simple act of decorating the tree or a baking song that you can sing together with your family. These little things will make your moments memorable and cheerful.

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Moreover, the holiday season for many of us is strongly linked to our childhood days. The taste of our grandmother’s special Christmas cookies, the fun family gatherings at home, and the surprise gifts from our parents are all precious memories. Just illuminating our houses with festive lights can bring back all those great moments from the past.

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"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," said psychologist Steve McKeown, according to Tip Hero.

He added, "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!" according to Good Housekeeping. This sounds perfect considering how anxiety-ridden this year has been for most of us.

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These nostalgic memories are said to instill positivity in our lives. Undoubtedly, we all need some of that in these uncertain times.

"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," said Amy Morin, a psychotherapist and author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, according to Good Housekeeping. Apart from childhood memories, they also remind us of special people.

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She added, "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."

Another perk of getting all your dusty decorations out of your basement is the joy you will spread in your neighborhood. With the past months being tough on most people, some string lights and glowing Santas on your lawn will cheer passers-by and the people living in your neighborhood.

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If that is not a good enough reason, you should know your Santa Claus figurines can get you some new friends. According to The Journal of Environmental Psychology, decorating your homes makes you look like an accessible and friendly person.

So, there is no better time to do it than now. It doesn't matter if we are almost two months away from the holiday season. Let's get the celebrations started!

References: 

https://tiphero.com/putting-christmas-decorations-up-early-makes-you-happier
https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/holidays/christmas-ideas/a29857050/christmas-decorations-early-happy/

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S0272494489800106?via%3Dihub