Putting Christmas decorations up early can make you happy, says psychologist

So, what are you waiting for?

Here at LifeStyle, we love Christmas and all things festive. It's such a magical time of year that not only represents holidays and gifts, but family, entertaining and a lot of delicious food, too!

When we heard that early decorating was scientifically proven to boost your wellbeing, it was almost enough for us to dust off the tree and start untangling those fairy lights.

But before we do, lets look at why getting into the Christmas spirit early is actually good for us.

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Turns out, there could be a real, deep-seated reason that's driving your desire to deck the halls.

Psychoanalyst, Steve McKeown tells Unilad, "Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, it's 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 childhood," he tells.

So, we are yearning for the simple, happy times and Christmas is a way to bring those memories to the forefront.

He continues, "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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Christmas is such a happy time for most of us, but as we've grown older and our experiences have shaped the way we live our lives, emotions can be heightened and feelings mixed.

"It may be a bittersweet feeling. Perhaps the holidays serve as a reminder of when a loved one was still alive. Or maybe looking at a Christmas tree reminds someone of what life was like when they still believed in Santa," explains Steve.

For whatever reason you like decorating, it's all about personal preference. So if you feel like hanging up the holly long before December, we support you all the way!

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