Halloween is over, and November comes and goes rather quickly. In the U.S., it’s around Thanksgiving when holiday decorations start to appear on homes, in retail stores and office buildings.
It’s also the time of year when people begin to debate: how soon is it socially acceptable to start decorating your house and listening to Christmas and holiday music?
Turns out, the Scrooges of the world are in for a reality check.
According to a study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology, by researchers from the University of Utah, people who get into the Christmas and holiday spirit “early” are actually a lot happier in life, than those of us who decorate “on time.”
“The results support the idea that residents can use their home’s exterior to communicate attachment and possibly to integrate themselves into a neighborhood’s social activities,” the study claimed.
The holiday season is a time of the year filled with nostalgia for simpler times that evoke a sense of happiness. Decorating a home can be an outward extension of yourself and the happiness you feel as the holidays draw near.
So, if you want your neighbors to know that your home is filled with holiday joy, maybe it’s time to think about pulling out those lights early, binge watching some holiday cinema classics, and blasting some Christmas carols from your speakers – maybe start with “Holly Jolly Christmas.”
According to the experts, its sure to give you a natural dopamine rush that comes from a warm and hearty ho-ho-ho spirit.