Let’s face it; it’s a little jarring when you see Christmas commercials during football games a day or two after Halloween.
We’re all used to it by now, along with the marathon of Holiday movies on The Hallmark Channel and Lifetime, but what about stringing up lights on your house and taking Santa and friends out of the attic or basement before you’ve carved the Thanksgiving Day turkey?
Psychologists say go ahead and do it now because the results could make you happier.
Deborah Serani is a Psychologist who recently went on the TODAY show and said decorating now could make you happier. She said there is chemical proof.
“It does create that neurological shift that can produce happiness. Anything that takes us out of our normal habituation, the normal day in, day out … signals our senses, and then our senses measure if it’s pleasing or not. Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone.”
Okay, that’s cool. But you might be wondering why? Well, she said it’s the colors, the happy music, and the bright lights that, mixed together, pick up your spirits.
She added that an entire scientific field works year-round to understand what affects a specific type of behavior called neuro-architecture.
One more thing; decorating will tell your neighbors that you are sociable. They will be less prone to freak out if you build some elaborate blinking light display synced up with loud holiday music that keeps them up half the night.