Experts Claim Decorating for the Holidays Makes You Happier
The office has been playing Christmas music all week long. We have yet to celebrate Thanksgiving, we can't be the only office that is going full on Christmas mode. Why do people go above and beyond when it comes to decorating and celebrating Christmas as adults? Why do people start decorating so early? Would you believe that decorating for the Holidays helps you feel better and in many cases happier? Steve McKeown who is the founder of MindFixers an organization that focuses on mental health, sat down with Unilad, and explained why early Christmas decorating makes us so happy. "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." So basically it's OK that we want to make up our not so fond Christmas memories. Maybe we try and recreate that same childhood care free feeling, you remember what it felt like before we knew what bills were? McKeown went on to tell Unilad that "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." Who knew that we could replace a Xanax for Christmas ornaments?
"Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement. So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement!" Steve McKeown has me rethinking my Bah, Humbug approach. If you need me I'll be putting up decorations around the office!