Christmas decorations are among the best ever created, according to a new study.
A new study published in the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships shows that Christmas decorations can be a powerful and personal way to communicate and celebrate together, and they can even have a positive impact on our health.
The study, led by psychologists, found that people’s happiness with their holiday decorations is correlated with their happiness with themselves and their partner.
Researchers found that the more festive the decorations are, the more happiness the participants felt and the more positive the relationships they had.
“I don’t think we could get a clearer picture of the meaning of Christmas without seeing it in this way,” said study lead author Sarah Senn, a psychology professor at the University of Southampton.
“It is not just a celebration of family, but of a shared sense of belonging and a shared appreciation of one another’s talents, achievements and accomplishments.”
The researchers found that festive decorating had a positive effect on people’s mental health.
The study was carried out by Dr. Senn’s lab and is part of the Centre for Health and Social Impact (CHISE), an initiative launched by the University College London to support people’s health and wellbeing through research.
“What we found is that festive decoration was associated with a better mental health picture,” Dr. Simon J. Williams, lead author of the study and the Centre’s director of research, said.
“For example, people who decorated their homes were more likely to be able to report more positive emotions, to feel happier and to have a better quality of life.
They also reported fewer depressive symptoms and less anxiety, compared with people who did not decorate.”
Dr. Williams added that the study is the first to look at the association between festive decoration and mental health in a large, representative sample.
The researchers wanted to know whether decorating a home would be linked to a person’s wellbeing, so they asked participants to complete a survey to measure their wellbeing.
Participants completed a number of questions about their health, including their depression, anxiety and stress levels, as well as whether they decorated their home in a positive or negative light.
The results showed that those who decorated the home were happier overall, had more positive moods and reported fewer negative emotions.
The participants also completed a mental health survey to assess how they felt about their relationships.
The researchers found there was a link between the amount of festive decor in the home and their mental health, but the effect was weaker for those who did decorate in a negative light and those who had fewer positive emotions.
“This suggests that, when it comes to Christmas decorations, it’s about being present, enjoying yourself, feeling happy and feeling connected to others,” Dr Williams said.
“In addition, those who decorate decorate for their own enjoyment are more likely than others to feel that it’s a way to celebrate together and have a meaningful relationship.”
As a society, we can do more to encourage people to decorate and celebrate in a meaningful way.
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