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Being Happy Is Easy: Putting Up Christmas Decorations Earlier Might Help With This

Date November 22, 2017 11:48

Are you feeling uplifted at the sight of Christmas decorations all over the city? The joyful lights on the trees and shop windows, piles of glittery Christmas toys on supermarket’s shelves, and New Year Tree cones everywhere result in joyous expectation buzz. Wait, is not it too early to decorate at home, one might wonder?

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No need to ask yourself that question anymore! Why? Because setting up holiday decorations early could make us happier! And now, this has been proved by experts. Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown says:

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!

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On the plus side, decorating the house early shows people that you are friendly. According to The Journal of Environmental Psychology, it demonstrates to the neighborhood that you are actually approachable. It might really help break the ice with new people in the area, so it is worth the try. Christmas decorations could be a nice start of the conversation, and then, who knows, maybe, the beginning of a long-lasting friendship.

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The author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do and psychotherapist, Amy Morin, says that the reason why our heart is beating faster at the sight of holiday tinsel is because it triggers nostalgic memories which are, in most cases, happy. It gives an opportunity to go back to one’s childhood. She says:

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.

Even if a person has lost someone, holidays may serve as a reminder of happy moments, spent with the loved ones. And starting to decorate early may help reconnect with the lost person.

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As it turns out, those people who pull out their Christmas lights the next day after Halloween might actually know a thing or two. And instead of judging them or postponing decorating your own house, it might be a good idea to join them!

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