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People who put up Christmas decorations early are happier, experts reveal

People who put up Christmas decorations early are happier, experts reveal

Early decorations will release dopamine in your body. It will also help you make some new friends.

It would be an understatement if we called this year "difficult." With the forest fires in California and Australia, the threat of a third world war in the beginning of the year, and a nail-biting election that decided the next four years, we have dealt with all of that while fighting a pandemic and trying to stay alive. 2020 has been one of the worst years for many of us. Rising deaths and the ongoing panic around the world have led many of us to a state of hopelessness.

However, no matter how dark the times get, as the year approaches an end, the prospect of Christmas is a glimmer of hope that make the dark times seem less bleak. the holiday season never fails to light up our faces. Just the thought of it brings a lot of joy into our hearts. So, why wait for December to decorate your homes and spread some holiday cheer? 

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It will surely make you more positive and happier. According to experts, putting up early Christmas decorations is the perfect recipe for happiness. “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.

Decking up your home a little in advance will help you absorb and cherish the beautiful moments of the season slowly. According to Good Housekeeping, creating memorable moments such as baking holiday cookies with family or decorating the tree together will make the season even more special. 

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Another reason why people who put up christmas decorations early are happier is because it's associated with nostalgia. It is strongly linked to our childhood for many of us. Holidays remind us of the aromatic cookies baked by our grannies, and the fun gatherings with our extended family. So, putting up singing Santas in your garden and string lights on your roof will bring back those nostalgic memories. 

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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.

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Moreover, reconnecting with your childhood brings back positivity in your lives. "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. Undoubtedly, most of us are in need of some hope and good vibes so getting the decorations started is a great idea.

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Other than the joy that it brings to your family, others around your neighborhood would also benefit. The twinkling lights and the glowing stars on your front lawn can make somebody's day a little better. Besides, the early holiday spirits will help you get some new friends.

According to The Journal of Environmental Psychology, the decorations will make you look like a more accessible and friendly person.

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