Want To Be Happier, Then Put Your Christmas Lights Up Now
There's always someone in our neighborhood who has all their Christmas lights up before Thanksgiving. I used to despise those people, but now after seeing the results of this scientific study I'm thinking they might have been doing it right all along.
There's still two months to go before Christmas, but your one of those people who can't wait to put up the Christmas lights before you've even carved the Thanksgiving Turkey, well then go ahead,knock yourself out, because psychologists say it might make you happier.
The British website unilad.com revealed the results of a study conducted by psychologists that studied people who put up their holiday decorations as soon as they threw away their pumpkins. They found out that people who did this early were much happier then those who waited.
Did it have anything to do with getting that task done early, not really. What it did reveal was that these people were more nostalgic. and were more in touch with their inner child.
Steve McKeown, a Psychoanalst, and owner of the McKeown clinic told Unilad:
Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.
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.
Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement!
Seems more like it could be a psychosis brought on by early childhood memories, good or bad.
Participants who participated in this study were shown pictures of houses that were covered in decorations and those that weren’t, and it turned out that those with decorations were deemed more ‘friendly and cohesive’.
Amy Morin, psychotherapist and best-selling author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, had this to say to Unilad:
The holiday season stirs up a sense of nostalgia. 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.
It may be a bittersweet feeling. Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa.
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.
But then again the whole thing could be as simple as people liking the holiday season and the lights trigger those happy hormones, or it could be something called Chromotherapy, or color therapy, which is thought to increase energy levels and boost happiness.
Whatever the reason, these psychologists may be on to something, so whenever you feel like putting up your Christmas lights, even if it's way too early, do it, cause if it makes you happy it can't be that bad.
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