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Who of you already decorated for Christmas in November, got a tree and has been listening to Christmas music for weeks? You're doing everything right, studies say.
We are trying hard to defy all adversities in this corona year full of privation and to focus our thoughts on the positive. Keeping the mood high can be the biggest challenge at the moment. We know this. But even if Christmas is often associated with stress (here we went a little bit about it), the festival of lights and love (sorry for the kitsch) has its good points.
If you associate Christmas with positive memories from childhood or from past festivals, Christmas music and decorating your own apartment can actually evoke positive feelings - at least that's what the experts say. Even if we are not ourselves, we at least know those who get themselves a Christmas tree at the beginning of December, turn on the Advent fragrance lamp and get in the right mood with mulled wine and John Legends Christmas playlist: They are absolutely right.
Christmas carols as a mood booster
Of course, it depends on the right selection, but Christmas carols (and be it Wham!) Create a good mood: "Christmas carols tend to cheer us up. They bring back fond memories of our childhood and increase the anticipation of the coming season. Happy, solemn songs stimulate the brain, which in turn releases endorphins, "explains psychologist Dr. Becky Spelman from the London Private Therapy Clinic told Metro about this phenomenon. So, the happiness hormones make sure that we feel really good again.
Christmas decorations: those who decorate earlier are happier
So if you are "not in the Christmas mood", let yourself be cheered up at the weekend by a little tinsel and Mariah Carey.