“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,” says psychologist Steve McKeown.

McKeown believes that visually, Christmas decorations take us back to our childhood and the excitement and joy that surrounds the season. He also adds that people typically put up decorations “either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.”

A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology revealed the distinct connection between Christmas decorating and appearing to be more social and friendly to your neighbors. The study stated that the festive homes could help those without friends, “integrate themselves into a neighborhood’s social activities.”

Whether it’s baking Christmas cookies, trimming the house with lights, making some homemade hot cocoa, or whatever puts you in the Christmas spirit, know that you’re just adding to your own personal well-being. The haters can hate, but you won’t be able to hear it over the sound of all that happiness.

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