Holi-yay! Putting up Christmas decorations early really does make you happier

Putting up your decorations earlier may make you feel happier. People who crack out the tinsel and fairy lights the soonest may simply be more nostalgic and in touch with their inner child experts say

People who put up Christmas decorations early are happier and it's scientifically proven. Experts agree that decorating early reduces anxiety, and makes people happier overall.

It's time to hang some tinsel on that evergreen bough, don your gay apparel, and decorate your way to becoming a happier, friendlier person - no matter what the Scrooges say.

That means that if you've got your lights going, you're more likely to be considered friendly by your neighbours.

He added that those who put up decorations early are just eager to relive the magic of the past.

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"Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement", McKeown explained to Unilad.

Amy Morin further states: "Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity".

"It may be a bittersweet feeling".

Festivities make one nostalgic, and remind people of celebrations in the past with family and loved ones. In the absence of Christmas decorations, raters accurately distinguished between the homes of sociable and nonsociable residents; in open ended comments, they attributed their impressions to the relatively more "open" and "lived in' look of the sociable residents' homes".

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Amusing enough, Christmas music can have the opposite effect. These days, though, while there are people who still opt for the real tree rather than the fake one, they don't need to wait for Christmas eve before hanging the ornaments on the tree as the real ones bought on December 1 can last until Christmas Day.

And because many malls and stores start blasting "Jingle Bells" over the speakers right after Halloween, most people are sick of this forced Christmas cheer by mid-November.

And that, in turn, can make folk feel better, more settled.

So, if you haven't dug out those boxes with all your decorations yet, it might be a good time to start.

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