Want to be happier in life?
Well experts suggest that a fast way to making sure you are happy is by putting up your Christmas decorations now! (Or at least in the next couple of weeks)...
One US psychoanalyst has revealed that putting up your festive decorations early can make you happier - pretty much giving the green light for Christmas fans to go nuts with the tinsel, tree and garlands right now.
Expert Steve McKeown tells Unilad: ‘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 extends the excitement!’
Sign me up! Another expert also agrees that Christmas can often prompt feelings of nostalgia and positivity which improves some people’s moods also.
‘Nostalgia helps link people to their personal past and it helps people understand their identity,’ psychotherapist Amy Morin told Unilad. ‘For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way for them to reconnect with their childhoods.’
Another study also found that putting up decorations can help you connect with more people and make friends, as it gives neighbours and acquaintances more to chat with you about.