So apparently, listening to Christmas music too early is bad for your health, but decorating too early is good for it?
According to a study from clinical psychologist Linda Blair, the constant barrage of Christmas tunes too early in the season forces people to remember all the things they have to do before the holiday and they get pissed off throughout the entire holiday season.
I get it. You start playing “Jingle Bells” in September and I’ll be the first one to give ya smack upside the head. But according to another study from psychotherapist Amy Morin, decorating puts you in a better mood.
“When you’re putting up decorations, you’re thinking of happier times, times with family and friends and family traditions you engaged in,” Amy told ABC News. “Thinking of those happy memories stirs up happy feelings.”
But only does it make you happier, it makes you a better person.
“Altruism increases in the month of December and as people start to give more and donate more, it makes them happy.”
So start decorating your tree now, but don’t listen to any Christmas music while you do it, and give to charity? Is that what I’m getting out of all this? Growing up there was this guy in town that left his Christmas lights up all year. Not only did he leave them on his house, he turned them on. SOB was happier than a clam though. Honestly, I think I have a simple reasoning that can boil down all of this psychoanalytical mumbo-jumbo…