6 Ways to Be Happy At Home
“To be happy at home is the ultimate result of all ambition, the end to which every enterprise and labour tends.” – Samuel Johnson.
Home isn’t a place, it’s a feeling. It’s our comfortable refuge, the place we feel relieved when we walk through the door, it’s where we feel we most belong and it’s where our loved ones are. We all want to feel happy at home. So here’s 6 ways for you to be happier at home.
Declutter Your Living Space
Clutter has a mental cost. It bombards us with excessive stimuli, it signals to our brain that work is never done, and it makes us anxious and creates feelings of guilt. None of this is conducive to happiness. Increase your happiness at home by decluttering.
Display Items That Bring Back Happy Memories
Research has shown that experiences make us happier than material goods. One of the reasons for this is that experiences provide a cycle of enjoyment. This cycle includes the following:
• 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, you’ll be stretching out the happiness cycle of your experiences. Each time that you catch a glimpse of that photo of your family at Disney, or that African mask you picked up on your honeymoon, you’ll get a little jolt of happiness from the memory of those happy times.
Spend Money on Things to Cultivate Family Experiences at Home
Spend your money on things that will allow you to create positive family experiences at home.
One of the best ways to do this is to turn your family room into a space for relaxation and entertainment. Here are three examples of things you can do.
• 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.
Fill Your Home With Plants
Research shows that being out in nature boosts our happiness levels. In addition, bringing nature indoors also increases our sense of well-being. Houseplants eliminate stuffy air in the home, reduce stress, help deter illness and boost your mood.
So visit a nursery and pick out plants that suit your home and lifestyle.
Give Warm Greetings and Farewells
We want our family members to feel acknowledged and welcome every time they walked in through the door.
Have a rule that when any one of you comes home, or is leaving, the rest all have to pay attention to that person for a minute. Let’s give warm greetings and farewells. This creates moments of real connection among family members and improves the atmosphere in your home.
Turn Your Bedroom Into a Sleep Haven
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 than those who get less sleep. You can boost your happiness at home by turning your bedroom into a sleep haven. So what steps do you need to take to achieve this?
• Install a good set of blinds or curtains, and consider getting black shades.
• Get the best mattress you can afford and high quality bedding
• Consider sound-proofing your room, or at least get a white noise machine to block out noises that could disturb your slumber.
• Paint the room in colours that you find relaxing and conducive to sleep.
• Light some candles and get some incense if that’s your thing.
Everyone is happier in the morning after they’ve gotten a good night’s sleep, so be happier at home by making sure that the bedroom helps you achieve a good sleep.
It’s a great feeling when you know that whatever happens during the day, you have a happy home to go to at night. Live your best life by being happier at home.

Author's Bio: 

When Becky was doing her own bedroom re-design, she used Alfreshco for all her spray paint needs!