Happy House, Happy Life: How a Well-designed Home Can Make You Happier

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The home is arguably the most important place in a person’s life. It’s where you are the most comfortable. It’s where you can rest and relax after a long, tiring day at work. For the past year, it’s probably where you’ve spent most of your time in. It’s not a surprise that a person’s house affects their emotions. According to a study, the house and the neighborhood are both factors that affect people’s happiness and satisfaction. This is why decor, maintenance, and upgrades are all important. They’re not just something to pass the time with or to spend money on.

Find out how you can have a happier home:

1. Make the Most of the Light

When you enter any room, there’s almost always an instant feeling that comes over you. If it’s dark and gloomy, it feels sad or serious. On the other hand, if it’s light and colorful, it’s more cheerful and uplifting. It’s not just feelings and vibes, there’s scientific evidence that the amount of light can affect a person’s mood. Seasonal affective disorder is the sadness and hopelessness when they receive little to no exposure to sunlight, usually during winter.

The good news is that you can change up your home to bring on more light. First, fix the windows. If you’re starting to get blurrier window panes than clear ones, it’s time to replace them. You should also consider adding more windows to get more natural light in the interiors. Next, choose curtains that are translucent enough to let sunlight in while still maintaining your privacy. To make the most out of the sunshine your house gets, use mirrors in different rooms. Place a mirror opposite a window or even a light fixture to illuminate the rest of the room. They’ll lower your electricity bills without sacrificing the lighting in your home.

2. Focus on the Centers of Activity

No matter the size of the house or the number of rooms, every home has at least one center of activity. For most, it’s typically the living room. For bigger houses, it may be the game room or the dining area. No matter the room, the important thing is that it should be designed for hosting several people.

Many research studies have shown that social interactions make people happy. In fact, evidence has even shown that the social aspect of a person’s life has an impact on their health.

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To encourage building social connections at home, it’s best to concentrate on the busiest parts of the house. If you have an open floor plan, consider combining the dining and living room areas. You’ll have more space to entertain and it will make the access to the kitchen much easier. You can also add more seats so no one will have to miss out on the conversation.

3. Go Green

There’s a reason why people all over the world chose to start planting during the lockdown. Plants are cheap, versatile, attractive but most of all — they can lift people’s spirits. Studies have shown that indoor plants reduce stress levels while making people feel better. Not to mention that they can also help boost productivity and concentration levels.

To get started, do some research. Don’t be blinded by plants imported from other locations. Some varieties may thrive in your environment while others may not survive for long. Start simple by choosing a plant that’s low maintenance before moving on to more complicated types. Get recommendations from the staff at the store or even the local gardening club.

When you’re decorating or remodeling your house, focus on your happiness over trends and stylishness. It’s better to have a cozy, lived-in home rather than one that looks like a showroom.

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