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 claims that our reaction to those warm Christmas lights is no coincidence.
‘Developing on the savanna, where our current sensory systems developed, when we would see warm light, it was often a campfire at the end of the day, signalling cooking and positive experiences.’
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’.
Why not boost the mod of your entire town this coming Christmas 2019.