5 Little-Known Facts About Your Home that Affect Your Happiness
Erin Vaughan – guest writer on SBaird Design
Our happiness is influenced by all kinds of things. You’re probably already working on your diet and sleep, as well as trying to forge healthy relationships and keeping yourself from getting overworked. But did you know that even your surroundings can shape your emotional health?
Here at Modernize, we’re all about home designs that allow you to live your best, most joyful life. Here are some tips to keep in mind to create a space that brings you beauty and peace.
Your Furniture’s Shape Can Influence Your Emotions
Our minds are hard-wired to avoid sharp angles. A primitive part of our brains called the amygdala, which helps with regulating emotions, is triggered by the geometry of the spaces around us. When that space is too angular, it can cause undue stress.
Soft, gentle spaces, such as this rounded, inviting kitchen table below, help our minds relax into comfort. Of course, things would get pretty bland without a few angles to play off of, so it’s a good idea to have a good balance of both soft and hard lines.
Clutter is Chaos to Your Mind
We tend to collect items that clutter up our homes. That toy from the office gift exchange you didn’t really want, a few free samples, a keychain from a charity function—it all adds up.
Clutter significantly reduces our ease at home because it causes something called decision-fatigue. If you have to look at a hundred items before you find the thing you need, your brain gets tired, and therefore less happy than if you know exactly where to go.
That’s where a new movement, called “domestic purging,” comes in. The idea is to only keep the items in your home that “spark joy,” and throw away everything else. So maybe you can’t throw away everything that doesn’t make you happy, but it’s a good idea to start evaluating the items you bring back into the house and decide whether they’re worth keeping.
If the idea of throwing things away makes your skin crawl, my friend has a great solution: she puts these little trinkets in extra gift bags that she keeps around the house. Then she has a nice little gift to give a friend the next time she sees one.
You Should Separate Where You Work and Where You Sleep
We all know that the boundaries between work and home have gotten a lot blurrier. Some of us work at home full-time and some of us just bring work home. And with our phones putting us on information overload, sometimes even play feels like work!
If you’re not careful, your home can go from being a sanctuary of rest and rejuvenation to another stress-churned work factory in no time, which means less sleep and lower overall quality of life.
And when it comes to sleep, our brains need training to know when it’s time to rest. Keeping work out of the places where you eat and especially, where you sleep, will help signal to your mind that when you lie in your bed, you’re there to get some much needed shut-eye.
You Should Have a Special, Private Place To Go
We’re a lot happier in our homes when we have a “room of our own”—a peaceful place where we can go for some alone time. One popular idea for this is to build a “shrine,” a little area in the home where you keep photographs and other special items.
But if the spiritual aspect of that isn’t for you, just think of it as a special location where you can go to be alone from time to time. For some people, this may even be as simple as taking special pains with your bathroom’s decor so that it becomes a peaceful retreat.
There’s No One, Perfect Design
One of the exciting (and frustrating) things about our minds is that even the most comforting of places gets boring over time. If you get the urge to shuffle things around, don’t fight it.
Making tweaks to your existing design every so often can really shake off those cobwebs and make sure that your mind is staying active and happy.
Once you start paying attention to how your home makes you feel, you’ll find that you are able to make adjustments that make you feel more comfortable and at peace. Awareness key to a building happy home!