2020 has been a dumpster fire in more ways than one.
Luckily, we’re a couple months away from turning the page to a new year that we can only hope brings a few more bright spots. Until then, getting your Christmas lights up early might actually make you happier as we finish out this nightmare. Booze helps too, but that’s for another time…
However, when it comes to Christmas musica study from clinical psychologist Linda Blair says that playing it too early in the season forces people to remember all the things they have to do before the holidays, causing a ton of stress and unhappy times. Obviously, this year is a little different, so do as you wish.
The Christmas lights and decorations are a different story.
“When you’re putting up decorations, you’re thinking of happier times, times with family and friends and family traditions you engaged in,” Amy Morin, psychotherapist and the author of 13 Things Mentally Strong People Don’t Do, told ABC News.
“Thinking of those happy memories stirs up happy feelings.”
Happy is good, especially now.
“Altruism increases in the month of December and as people start to give more and donate more, it makes them happy. It makes people feel good so they want to start celebrating as early as possible.”
Hmmmm…I’ll take it.
She mentioned these things in 2019, so we can only hope the same goes for this year. F-k it, put the lights up. Spike the egg nog. Get the tree up. Two straight months of holiday eating, drinking, and festivities while we pretend everything is normal.
Fire it up. Pour a bunch of drinks. Get busy.
Merry Christmas and let the countdown to 2021 begin.