Happiness Is Where The Home Is

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There aren’t many words of wisdom that can relate to absolutely everyone, but there are exceptions to every rule, and that is exactly what the phrase “there’s no place like home” is. It is the exception to the rule. It spells out a universal truth. And quite rightly so.

 

Our homes are a tangible extension of our personalities; they say so much about who we are. Home is what we rush home for after a hard day in the office. Home is what we miss even when we are enjoying a two-week vacation on a paradise-like island. Home is what affects our mood and our productivity and the way we look at life. It is our safe haven. It is a reflection of us, and that is why even the slightest tweak to our homely habits can have such a big impact on our happiness.

Mmm hmmm. A little change to a routine here and a tiny shift there can lead onto much bigger positive changes in our life, and what could be better than that? (Nothing, obviously). So, without further ado, here are a few of little things that you can start doing in your everyday life to feel even happier while in the comfort of your own home:

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  1. The Secret To Smiling Lies In Your Bed

Now, you may be thinking, “yeah, we know, we know, we all feel happier after a good night’ sleep.” And you are right, which is why you need to do the best thing you can possibly do and upgrade your mattress and pillow combination to suit you; something that can be easily done by visiting this site. But sleeping sweetly isn’t the only way your bed can boost your happy-levels. Making your bed every morning will make you happy too (as preposterous as this sounds). That’s partly because a freshly made bed is a joy to behold and mainly to do with the power of motivation it fills you with. Making your bed motivates you to make your kid’s bed and that motivates you to tidy their room and that leads to the laundry, and unloading the dishwasher, and putting all those loose cuddly toys into the toy basket and, before you’ve even had coffee, your home is looking tidy. That is a happy feeling right there.

 

  1. No Mess Means No Stress

Most people think the opposite of happiness is sadness, but it isn’t. It’s stress. And that is exactly why you need to commit to a good old-fashioned decluttering session. To put it simply, a clear home equals a clear mind and that is the catalyst to happiness, peace and even tranquility. But before you roll your eyes, let your shoulders sink and let out a sort of heeuurrgghhhh noise, please don’t think decluttering has to be time consuming. All you need to do is get in the habit of setting a three-minute timer on your phone and blitzing each room one by one. That is all it takes to get a room ready. Of course, you may need to tag an extra minute onto that timer if a) you have a toddler, b) you have more than one toddler or c) you have a partner that acts like a toddler.

 

  1. The Sweet Sights Of Sentimentality

In case you were still trying to buy your happiness with stuff, material things are only good for a short burst of happiness. But that is about as far as they go. Experiences, on the other hand, they have a way of making us feel super-happy over a long stretch of time. Years even. Things like memories bring about a cycle of enjoyment that can’t be overlooked. There is that sense of giddiness that comes with planning an experience, the buzz that fills your belly right before you do it, the joy felt during it and the memories you get to cherish forever after. That is why you need to celebrate these experiences and memories and magical moments throughout your home. Put traveling trinkets on your shelves and hang photographs on your walls and pop art that remind you of places wherever you can. Your home will be a much happier place if you make it a shrine of memories.

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  1. If You Can’t Beat ‘Em, Join ‘Em

Keeping a tidy home comes with chores. That is just how it is. There are dishes that need cleaning, floors that need vacuuming, laundry piles that need washing and all sorts of other tidbits and, believe it or not, they are aren’t going to do themselves. Why are we telling you this? Because you have a choice: either you can do them begrudgingly and let that affect your mood, or you can pop some music on and tell yourself you actually quite like doing these chores. Okay, so there is another option, which is getting someone else to do this bits and bobs for you, but given that isn’t always an option, you are left with loathing it or loving it. Seriously. We can trick ourselves into enjoying stuff and it isn’t even that hard to do. Let’s say you are staring down the barrel of an overflowing laundry basket; shouting, “let’s rock and roll my laundry foe,” at the top of your lungs and then cracking up the volume on some Led Zep is going to lift your spirits no end.

 

  1. Another Morning, Another Goal

This is one of those things that the Dalai Lama loves to talk about, and it works. It really ruddy works. It is this idea of waking up and setting yourself a goal for that day. Setting yourself something to do, whether it is be more productive, actually nail three things on your to-do list, go for a two-mile run, enjoy a nice long-lunch, or calling those family members you keep forgetting to call until 9pm, by which time it is way too late to call them. Having a goal for that day and setting it first thing in the morning is a great way to motivate yourself, to feel like you have a purpose and to succeed in something that will take a weight off your mind. That is a super-good way to feel happy. Fact.

 

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