2020 has been a rough one, but there may be a reason to get into the Christmas spirit a little earlier this year.
Health experts believe the yuletide season can raise people’s moods as it often reminds them of happier days in their past. Paging, 2019!
"For most people, decorating for Christmas reminds us of the best times in our lives," Amy Morin, a Florida-based psychotherapist, told Good Morning America. "Thinking of those happy memories stirs up happy feelings."
The nostalgia that comes up while holiday decorating has been shown to increase feelings of joy and bliss in studies, Morin said.
"When you're putting up decorations, you're thinking of happier times, times with family and friends and family traditions you engaged in," she added. "For some people it’s bittersweet -- if family members are no longer here -- but it's still a way to connect."
Accessorizing the outside of your home with lights and other seasonal touches can also make you more sociable with your neighbors.
"[Decorations] can lead to more positive conversations and they're an easy way to strike up a conversation," Morin shared. "It helps build a sense of community and belonging and all those things are associated with happiness too."
Another reason people may get a mood boost during the holidays is based on the old adage that it’s better to give than to receive.
"Altruism increases in the month of December and as people start to give more and donate more, it makes them happy," Morin shared. "It makes people feel good so they want to start celebrating as early as possible."
For those not ready to start decorating, you can still get a holiday lift by heading to Starbucks.
As of Friday, fans can hit up the coffee chain to get the latest edition of their festive holiday cups and drinks.
‘Tis the season!