Can your home influence your level of happiness? Does it have any influence on the person you are, want to be, or become? To all these, I answer: “Damn right it does!” Our humble abodes whether they be: homes, condos, apartments, yurts, cottages, or mountain cabins, reflect not only who we are as people in our most personal and vulnerable way, but they also are the nest protecting us from the outside world in which our families, friendships and ourselves grow.
Wanna bring more happy vibes into your own home? Well check out these 5 ideas.
Let there be light
The Huffington Post Australia wrote about the influence of light in our homes, our mood and workspaces and these observations struck me. “We need cooler, blue lighting in the morning to trigger our sympathetic nervous system which is associated with alertness and we need warmer light in the evening to trigger the parasympathetic nervous system, which is associated with relaxation,” Belinda Williams, psychologist at The Whole Being Group reported. And as far as our wellbeing goes, according to research conducted by Philips Lighting, 78 percent of Aussies feel more positive if they live in a light and bright environment.
Get the clutter out
Marie Kondo is my muse when it comes to the subject of decluttering and how doing so can bring about increased happiness in ones life. I have read and loved her book, wrote a blogpost about it, and went on applying religiously her suggestions with visible and immediate success. But she is not the only one saying it: “A messy house can trigger depression, as experts from the UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families learned, according to House Logic. Their research also saw that having more stuff to clean or fix leads to anxiety and stress. The design concept that less is more is actually good to follow in this case.” – via HNGN. Although my house is nowhere near being minimal in terms of decorative elements and furnishings, it isn’t cluttered and each rooms feels airy and welcoming. Try it! And that’s all I have to say about that.
Colour me rad
Take colour as another example. In a home, it can affect emotions, how we perceive ourselves, our focus to work or study, how well we sleep, even our appetite. According to a study from the Amsterdam’s Vrije University, the brighter and bolder these colors are, the happier the environment will appear. That being said, the psychology of colour is a vast subject and this post from Fresh Home sums it up nicely.
Make that bed
“When I was researching my book on happiness, this was the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over,” said The Happiness Project author Gretchen Rubin. I am crazy about that book, it’s full of good tips and great insights, I loved it so much, I read it twice! Turns out, people are happier when everyday tasks in their lives are completed. A survey done among 68,000 people revealed that 71 percent of bed makers are generally happy, while 62 percent of non-bed makers are generally unhappy, according to Mother Nature Network.
I have always found that flowers have the capacity to make someone smile and feel welcomed, by bringing on positive emotional feelings in those who enter a room. That’s why I have often said that no decor is complete without fresh flowers, or even a plant or two, no matter how small or inexpensive the bouquet is. “A behavioral research study conducted by Nancy Etcoff, Ph.D., of Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School (Boston), reveals that people feel more compassionate toward others, have less worry and anxiety, and feel less depressed when fresh-cut flowers are present in the home” – reported the Florist Chronicles.
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