“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends.” – Samuel Johnson.
Home is not a place, it’s a feeling. It’s our refuge and our comfort. It’s the place where we feel relieved when we walk through the door. It’s where we feel a sense of belonging and it’s usually where we’ll find our loved ones. Everybody wants to feel happy at home. So here’s 6 ways for you to find your homely happiness.
Clutter comes at a mental cost. It attacks us with unnecessary stimuli, it sends signals to our brain that our work is never done and it creates feelings of guilt and makes us anxious. None of this encourages happiness. So declutter your home and you’ll see just how much happier you feel.
Bring Back Happy Memories
Research has shown that experiences make us far more happy than material goods ever could. Experiences provide a cycle of enjoyment, which includes:
- Planning the experience
- Anticipating the experience
- Enjoying the experience and sharing it with others
- Remembering the experience.
By displaying items around your home that bring back happy memories of your experiences, you’ll be stretching out the cycle. Each time you catch a glimpse of that family photo of you all on holiday, or the wall art you picked up on honeymoon, you’ll get a little jolt of happiness from the memory of those happy times.
Buy Things That Nurture Family Experiences at Home
Fill your home with things that allow you to create positive family experiences. Turn your family room into a space for relaxation and entertainment. Here are some ideas:
- Get a ping-pong table for the family room so that your kids will gather there to have ping-pong tournaments
- Get a game table and a few board games and implement family game night once a week.
- Invest in a comfortable sofa and gather the family together for movie marathons with popcorn.
The best way to be happy at home is to create positive bonding experiences for your family.
Get Some Plants
Research has shown that being out in nature boosts our happiness. Bringing nature indoors can also increase our sense of well-being. Houseplants remove stuffy air from the home, reduce stress, help fight off illnesses and boost your mood.
So visit a nursery and get some plants you like that suit your home and lifestyle.
Greet Your Family and say Farewell With Warmth
We really want our family members to feel acknowledged, welcome and loved every time they walk in through the door.
Have a rule that when any of you come home, or is leaving, the rest all have to pay attention to that person for a minute or two. Give warm greetings and farewells. This creates moments of real connection amongst your family and will improve the atmosphere in your home.
Make Your Bedroom a Sleep Paradise
Sleep has been linked to happiness. A survey of more than 7,000 adults in the US showed that people who get more sleep have a higher sense of well-being. Boost your happiness at home by turning your bedroom into a sleep haven. Here’s a few tips:
- Get a good set of blinds or curtains, and consider getting black out shades.
- Get the best mattress you can and some high quality bedding
- Think about sound-proofing your room, or get a white noise machine to block out noises that could disturb you.
- Paint the room in relaxing colours.
- Light some candles and incense if that’s your thing.
Everyone is happier in the morning after they’ve had a good night’s sleep, so make sure that your bedroom helps you achieve that.