Science confirms that people who put up Christmas decorations early are happier

If you needed another reason to deck the halls earlier than usual then this could be it

Written 5th November 2022 | Subscribe to our Christmas newsletter

Putting up the Christmas tree the day after Thanksgiving or even before it has always been a divisive subject. Some even go as far as transforming their house into a festive grotto on November 1st while packing away the Halloween decorations. This is especially apparent in places that don't celebrate Thanksgiving such as the United Kingdom.

Well according to science getting those decorations out and putting up that Christmas tree early increase your general happiness, so there ahre health benefits.

Psychologist Deborah Serani says "Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone. It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness." 

It's like a happy switch in your brain is turned on.

One of the reasons for this is chromotherapy (colour therapy). The colourful, twinkling and warm glow of the lights and décor trigger a happy energy. 

Another reason is likely to be nostalgia.

Steve McKeown, a psychoanalyst from West Sussex, UK, told Unilad: "Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, it's most commonly for nostalgic reasons, either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect."

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