Health & Fitness Christmas decorations have an unexpected effect on our wellbeing, says expert

13:05  18 december  2017
13:05  18 december  2017 Source:   Country Living (UK)

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Christmas decorations really do boost your mood, says expert © dszc / Getty Christmas decorations really do boost your mood, says expert It's no secret that we all feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside when we're surrounded by the twinkling lights and glimmering baubles on our Christmas tree.

And it turns out that we're not imagining it: Christmas decorations really do boost your mood.

That's according to environmental and design psychologist Dr Sally Augustin, who told the Mail Online that our reaction to those warm Christmas lights is no coincidence.

In fact, it's apparently an evolutionary response that harks back to our earliest ancestors...

'We like to think think we're so different from animals, but we are actually very responsive to our senses,' Dr Augustin explains.

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A psychologist has revealed that Christmas decorations can have a positive effect on your wellbeing . It's no secret that we all feel a bit warm and fuzzy inside when we ' re surrounded by the twinkling lights and glimmering baubles on our Christmas tree.

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As a result, Dr Augustin argues that we've evolved so that 'our eyes and neural networks developed in tandem in a way that creates positive associations with warmer light'.

Cue a more relaxed, better mood...

'When we experience warmer coloured lights, candlelight or light from warmer bulbs, it puts us in a more positive mood, which is great for getting along with others,' she added.

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