There Is Science Behind Our Love Of Christmas Lights
It's the holiday season and since it snowed earlier this month, people are already putting up their Christmas lights. It turns out that these lights are not only fun to look at and spread holiday cheer, they scientifically make you happy.
Today we will be looking at the history and science behind these lights.
History Of The Lights
The history of why we put up lights is actually very simple. It use to be candles to "signify the light of Jesus." Then in 1882, Edward Johnson introduced holiday lights.
The science of why these lights make us happy is also interesting. According to the Christmas association
Christmas decorations stir up feelings of pure joy and can literally modify some happy hormones in your body. “It create[s] that neurological shift that can produce happiness,” said psychologist Deborah Serani. “Christmas decorating will spike dopamine, a feel-good hormone.”
So that holiday joy you feel does have some science behind it. Usually, these feelings are tied to pleasant memories from childhood or create connections with loved ones.
A study published in the Journal of Environmental Psychology showed that your neighbors may interpret you putting up Christmas decorations as a sign that you’re sociable and approachable.
Christmas Lights Can Make You Money
Another way to feel some holiday joy is by winning some cash. You could win $500 with our 'light up the Quad Cities contest. Just submit a photo of your decorated house between now and December 11th. More information can be found here.
Have a great holiday season!