LONDON, ENGLAND - AUGUST 02: An employee hangs a decoration on a tree in the Christmas shop at Selfridges department store on August 2, 2010 in London, England. Selfridges launched its Christmas shop today, 145 days ahead of Christmas Day. The department store expects to see strong sales in the first week of trade last year selling over 1000 baubles in their first week of trade after opening on August 8th. Foreign tourists are thought to be those most likely to take advantage of the early opportunity to take back Christmas gifts. (Photo by Dan Kitwood/Getty Images)

Congratulations to those of you that have started decorating for Christmas right after Halloween, you’re a happier person according to a new study.

The study says decorating early triggers happy childhood memories and is a mood-booster. “When you’re putting up decorations, you’re thinking of happier times, times with family and friends and family traditions you engaged in,” says psychotherapist Amy Morin.

The study suggests that getting into the holiday spirit early helps to interact with neighbors more and homes that are decorated are viewed as “more friendly” and “open,” however, if you have lost a family member during the holiday season decorating doesn’t spark feelings of cheer, but Morin says “it’s still a way to connect.”

How do the holidays make you feel? Have you already put your Christmas decorations up?

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