How happy are you at home?
Is your home enhancing your well-being?
You may like your home well enough, but is it your happiest place? Aside from maybe special vacations, which provide temporary elevated happiness, your own home can and should be your most delightful place, regularly evoking wonderful feelings for you and all who live there. Why?
Because you awaken there every morning… and return every night. In between you're subject to a tidal wave of information, countless messages and distractions at every turn, the media relaying all the bad stuff that's happening minute by minute, advertisers flooding everyone's egos with schemes and products that we "need" to feel worthy/successful/beautiful/ complete, plus often exposure to excessive noise, pollution, crowds… and that's all in addition to your already busy, fast-paced life and its "ordinary" complications. It's a stimulating, stressful world out there, increasingly so, and that takes its toll on your physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being. Home is the antidote.
"Your home should be like
a good dose of Zoloft."
~ designer Jonathan Adler
"When you come in…may
all the weight of the world
fall from your shoulders."
~ John O'Donohue,
It's important to be mindful about the one environment over which you have control—your home—in order to amplify positivity, relaxation, and happiness... so you can feel totally at ease, recharge and renew, and dream/plan for where you're heading. At home you can celebrate who you are, do activities you enjoy, surround yourself with happy memories and associations in every room, and strengthen relationships with those you love most. Your home's potential is even broader, as you can glimpse from the checklist on this page (largely based on positive psychology, the scientific study of flourishing).
Bliss This Home knows that beneficial results are achieved when a home is deliberately designed to boost your happiness and enhance your well-being. This not only counteracts the negativity that our brains "register" so much more easily than good stuff, but also you can get a much needed lift—
a booster shot—to maintain an elevated state beyond your own personal patch. In The Writing Life, Annie Dillard shared an important reminder: "How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives." With a wonderful foundation at home each day, we are better equipped to pursue and create a wonderful life.
Strategies are available regardless whether you rent your home or own it, from a small one-room space to a sprawling mansion, and even addressing the quirks and imperfections that every home has. Your home should be comfortable and personal, authentic and inspiring, special and sacred... nourishing your body, mind, and spirit every day. If you don't feel that way right now, don't worry—the opportunity to enhance your home environment (and your overall happiness) is always there, whenever you're ready. And...
Bliss This Home can help.
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