People Who Put Their Christmas Decorations Up Early Are Happier People, According To Study

Love Island is over and the heatwave has disappeared, meaning the countdown to Christmas is officially on...

And with only 20 (yes, 20!) weeks left to wait until Santa pops down our chimneys, we can start getting excited about baubles, tinsel and pigs in blankets.

Whether you are already thinking about shopping for presents and putting the decorations up, or are the complete opposite and leave everything until Christmas eve, then you might want to listen up.

Research has suggested that people who put their Christmas decorations up early are actually much happier than the rest of us. Take that all of you Scrooges.

via GIPHY

In a report in Science Direct, researchers explain that those who put their decorations up early are generally happier people, and are seen as more welcoming and personable by others.

The findings state: "[People see those with] Christmas decorations as a cue that the residents were friendly and cohesive. Decoration interacted with sociability in a complex but interpretable way.

"In the absence of Christmas decorations, raters accurately distinguished between the homes of sociable and nonsociable residents; in open ended comments, they attributed their impressions to the relatively more 'open' and 'lived in' look of the sociable residents' homes."

via GIPHY

It continued: "When Christmas decorations were present, raters actually attributed greater sociability to the nonsociable residents, citing a more open appearance as the basis for their judgements.

"The results support the idea that residents can use their home's exterior to communicate attachment and possibly to integrate themselves into a neighbourhood's social activities."

You seem friendlier and you are generally happier? I better start decking the halls immediately.

via GIPHY

So there you have it. Christmas lovers are much more jolly than the rest of us, people so maybe we should take a leaf out of their book and put our decorations up in the middle of August.

Featured Image Credit: Flickr

Rachel Andrews

Rachel Andrews is an NCTJ trained Journalist at PRETTY52. She specialises in Fashion Journalism, and has experience at a range of online and print publications. She is a Journalism and English language graduate of Kingston University, London, and joined the team in 2017. Contact her - rachel.andrews@pretty52.com

Next Up

arrow-down arrow-left arrow-right arrow-up camera clock close comment cursor email facebook-messenger facebook Instagram link new-window phone play share snapchat submit twitter vine whatsapp safari-pinned-tab