The Psychology of Christmas Lights

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Christmas can be a difficult time for some people. Families gathering together often don’t feel the same when someone passes away or is sick. The past year has been challenging because of Covid related stresses. One way to improve our mood and mental health is to decorate early for Christmas. Yes, you heard that right; celebrities and influencers alike have been putting up Christmas lights and decorations earlier than usual this year. As it turns, out there is a psychological reason for why it lifts our spirits.

It Reminds Us of Happier Times
The act of putting up a tree and decorating our life with cheer may evoke nostalgia, reminding you of warm holiday memories from your childhood. Because of the Covid restrictions this year, many people are unfortunately staying home. Since we; are not able to celebrate in the same way as years before, bringing light to these positive experiences from childhood or the past may bring joy. Decorating early means that you can enjoy these moments and memories for just a few more weeks than usual. Thinking about positive images is critical in helping prevent stress and anxiety. Decorating your house may inundate your psyche with positive memories and emotions, which can be great in the fight against sadness and, at the same time, spread happiness and holiday cheer.

Christmas Cheer is a Nice Distraction from “Life”
Christmas lights can transcend time and place. Memories sometimes are more substantial than reality. This year many would like to forget their reality. It’s been a doozy for sure. It’s safe to say that most everyone will be happier than most to ring in the new year. Until then, drive around in your favorite neighborhood or around town and soak up the Christmas cheer. You might surprise yourself. You might have a good time. Even at a time of social unrest and amidst a pandemic, you can still find joy in the little things.

A Biological Response
There is a biological response to lighting up the night. Lighting up your neighborhood for Christmas lights for all to see can release dopamine. British psychologists concluded that people that decorate their houses with Christmas lights are generally happier. It’s safe to say that adorning your home with Christmas lights can give you a warm fuzzy feeling, and that’s a good thing. When these lights flicker and shine, we have a physiological response from the nervous systems that feel more aware and can trigger happiness.

So, Put up Some Lights
If the above article doesn’t convince you to either put up your own Christmas lights or enjoy those around you, contact Central Florida Trimlight. We can point you in the right direction and help you spread Christmas cheer.

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