Halloween was a week ago which apparently means it's time for Christmas. On November 1st as I was driving to work there was already someone on my street with their Christmas tree lit in the living room window and their Christmas lights out. It was NOVEMBER 1st at 4 A.M.! That would mean that sometime around Halloween night, the neighbors were already setting up their decorations! But upon some research, my neighbors may be on to something, and  they may also be happier.

According to experts, putting up holiday decorations may make you happier. Psychoanalyst Steve McKeown told UNILAD:

"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!"

At first, I thought it was a bunch of nonsense, especially because I went to Walmart and was quickly bombarded with this:

Joanna Barba

And some of this:

It gave me a bit of anxiety! But then, I hit up the ornaments and the next thing I knew, I had stocked up on ornaments and Christmas lights! I went down a rabbit hole of Christmas decorations. But the funny thing is, it did make me happier. I got excited thinking about how I was going to decorate the house with my nephews. It got me excited to think about the time I'll get to spend with my family. It certainly made my holiday anxiety calm down, and got me in the spirit of Christmas, which really is all about being together, right?