Christmas is only a month and a half away, and yet, are you itching to decorate your home in Christmas colors? You should probably give free rein to your desire: decorating your house now would be good for morale, according to several experts.
When December approaches, there are often two “teams”: those who will make their gifts and Christmas decorations just before the festivities and those who are already watching TV movies and are ready to release garlands and Advent calendars just as early as possible. Much too soon do you think? Think again. According to several American experts and psychologists (who are not the last in terms of decoration) decorating your home now would have several beneficial effects on morale.
Rediscover the sweetness and excitement experienced in childhood
So in the Vogue EuropeSteve McKeown, psychoanalyst, creator of the mind program MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic suggests that the desire to find our Christmas decorations would have a real link with childhood and the excitement of this age which we sorely missed as an adult: “In a world full of stress and anxiety, people like to get closer to the things that make them happy. And Christmas decorations bring back those intense childhood memories.” he mentions.
“Christmas decorations are simply an anchor or a path to those old childhood memories filled with magic and excitement. So it would be all about maintaining and prolonging that excitement.”
An argument followed by another psychotherapist, Amy Morin, author of the bestseller book “13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do“. “Nostalgia connects people to their past and helps them understand who they are. For many, putting up Christmas decorations early is a way to reconnect with their childhood.” But this feeling can also go towards the memory of a deceased person to relive the good times, and continue the tradition.
Boost happy hormones
Physically too, putting up your decorations, candles, holly wreath, and installing this universe as exciting as it is warm would amount to boosting the hormones of happiness: “This creates a neurological change that can produce happiness. Putting up Christmas decorations will lead to a spike in dopamine, a feel good hormone“, indicates psychologist Deborah Serani still in Vogue. So why deprive yourself?
Good in his body, good in his head!
Spread joy around you
Finally, decorating your house and garden would also have a beneficial effect… on your neighborhood. Indeed, according to the Journal of Environmental Psychology, these decorations would be clues to communicate its accessibility to neighbors. According to a study, people placed in front of decorated houses perceived these decorations as a sign “of conviviality and solidarity“compared to undecorated houses.
Three good reasons to get started: if you can’t wait to decorate your house, transform yourself into a Christmas elf and dress your interior and exterior with lights. You shouldn’t find it too difficult: the brands, even more in a hurry than you, have been offering decoration since the end of October.