Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our adobes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. Scientific studies have shown that we can have an impact on our happiness by adjusting the tiny little habits and routines that constitute our daily lives- we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life.
Here are a few simple things you can do every day to feel happier at home.
1. Bring every room back to "ready"
It's a known fact: Clutter causes stress; order creates a haven from i
t. This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to "ready" before you depart it.
2 . Before you get up each morning, set an intent for the day
In The Art of Happiness, the Dali Lama says ""Every day, think as you wake up: today I am fortunate to be alive, I have a precious human life, I am not going to waste it.
3 . Do small favors for your housemates, expecting nothing in return (not even a thank you!)
The ability to cultivate strong, healthy relationships is one of the biggest contributors to health and happiness, but when you start to keep score, the benefit is lost.
Just because your home is stylish and clean doesn't mean you're living your happiest life possible. But according to science, these are the simplest ways in every-day life to to improve your chances for complete and utter happiness.
4. Sentimental photos
If your nightstand is currently devoted to your latest read and a glass of water, you need to add them some family photos ASAP. Looking through old photos results in positive feelings and a sense of calmness.
5 . Vanilla candles
There's a reason you're always inclined to light up a candle after a stressful day at work — it's super relaxing. And apparently the scent of your candle has a major impact on your happiness too. If you want to improve your mood, vanilla beans are super uplifting.