Researchers also suggested that decorating your home’s exterior for the holidays could be a way to participate in social activities and gatherings in the neighborhood.
“As expected, a main effect for the decorated factor indicated that raters used Christmas decorations as a cue that the residents were friendly and cohesive. Decoration interacted with sociability in a complex but interpretable way,” researchers found.
According to Better Homes & Garden, decorating for the holidays not only helps increase happiness, it can also create amazing memories for you and your family by providing uninterrupted family time, allows room for you to create new holiday traditions.
“Thinking about positive images is one way to help prevent stress or anxiety. Decorating your home may serve as a cue of positive memories and emotions, which can be really helpful to promote joy and prevent sadness.” psychologist Erlanger Turner, an assistant professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, told HuffPost.