Some of us, of course, love Christmas so much, the holiday season begins the minute that Halloween ends. And there’s a benefit to that; a study in The Journal of Environmental Psychology found that, homes that had been decorated earlier were perceived as friendlier and that a decorated home conveys the sense that there’s a happy family inside waiting to welcome neighbors with milk and cookies. As well, experts say that putting decorations up early can boost your happiness levels by triggering positive childhood associations, doing so for nostalgic reasons, either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.
Those twinkling lights have a neurological effect on us, as well. Psychologist Deborah Serani says that bright lights and colors tend to spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone and help us combat the melancholy effects of a dreary, winter sky and Seasonal Affective Disorder. So (like me, perhaps; I’v had my lights in place for about a month) maybe wait a week or two, but no harm getting those lights up and ready to go.
(Source: Diana Bruk, Best Life; Image: Pinterest)