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Putting up your Christmas lights earlier makes you feel happier

Steve McKeown, psychoanalyst, founder of MindFixers and owner of The McKeown Clinic, based in St Albans, is a believer in getting into the Christmas spirit as early as possible.

Scrooges may be depriving themselves of lost feelings of joyful innocence by bemoaning the arrival of the festive season, he says.

Speaking to UniLad, Mr McKeown said: ‘Although there could be a number of symptomatic reasons why someone would want to obsessively put up decorations early, most commonly for nostalgic reasons either to relive the magic or to compensate for past neglect.

‘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.

‘Decorations are simply an anchor or pathway to those old childhood magical emotions of excitement.

‘So putting up those Christmas decorations early extend the excitement!’

Previous research has also found that decorating the outside of your house makes you appear more friendly to your neighbours…..[ ]

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