Are you one of those people that rolls their eyes when they spot Christmas lights going up in the neighbour's house in mid-November? Stop being such a Scrooge and embrace it–it may be better for your health and well-being!
We have psychoanalyst Steve McKeown to thank for this amazing news. According to Mr. McKeown, those who get their festive decorations up earlier are typically more content and excited about life.
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.
What's the actual science behind this ''happiness' phenomenon? There are numerous reasons and each is dependent on the individual. Whether it's a warm feeling of nostalgia for Christmas past, the excitement for the festivities, or time off work–the fact remains that these precious moments help us get through the cold winter months.
Start putting up those Christmas lights and embracing the spirit of joy!