Within the walls of our home shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook in life. It’s an extension of who we are. By adjusting those tiny little habits and routines in our daily lives, it can create a great impact on our happiness. We are in control of our outlook in life just like everybody say.
Fascinating how with a few twists and turns to our daily habits can motivate us to have a meaningful, positive change in life. Here are a few simple things you can do every day to make you feel happier at home.
Make your bed.
Benefit: for productivity, profit and peace
Let’s face it! A lot of us hate making our beds. Many reason out, “Why should I bother? I’m just going to get right back into it later, and no one except my immediate family will see it.” According to Charles Duhigg, author of “The Power of Habit”, making your bed every morning is correlated with better productivity and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It has also been suggested that making your bed boosts happiness.
Bring every room back to “ready.”
Benefit: Order creates haven.
Clutter causes stress. As simple as that. Make it a routine; it takes about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you leave. Unless there are kids who endlessly throw things back out again.
Display sentimental items around your home.
Benefit: Enjoyment and remember experiences.
Memories make us happier than material things. Experiences = planning, looking forward to, enjoying and remembering them. Create a home with a gallery of positive memories.
Start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal.
Benefit: One happy memory cultivates gratitude.
Keep a simple journal on your bedside and before going to bed at night, simply jot down at least one happy memory from that day. You can also ask your spouse and kids what the best part of their day was. It is really important to reflect and pause on a positive event from each day, this is to cultivate gratitude. Another bonus from this is when your memory fails, you will already have all your significant adventures recorded. Consider buying a book to guide you can be an option.
If you can’t get out of it, get into it.
Benefit: Enjoy the moment.
This tip comes from the book “The Happiness Project.” It says there that: The dishes are not going to clean themselves, so you will do it, and you will like it! Feel the soothing warm water on your hands and enjoy the tickle of the tiny bubbles. You can crank your favorite album at an unusually loud volume too. Pretend to like it to enjoy it.
Before you get up each morning, set an intent for the day.
Benefit: Positive daily intent.
In the book “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.” It really makes a huge difference to set a positive daily intent. It could be something like “be productive” or “enjoy today’s delicious moments” or even more specific like “say thank you to my loved ones today.” It should not another “to do” item on your list but it should come from the heart to make it more meaningful.
Do small favors for your housemates, expecting nothing in return. NOTHING!
Benefit: When you do good, you feel good.
You can mow the lawn, make the bed or take the trash for your loved ones and don’t expect even a simple thank you. Don’t keep score of the things you do for them. The ability to cultivate strong, healthy relationships is one of the biggest contributors to health and happiness.
Call at least one friend or family member a day.
Benefit: Happy heart.
You can do this anytime you want, while you clean, making the bed, or even walking the dogs out on the streets. Texting and emails do not count. Catch up and chat with a loved one through a phone call. Humans are social beings. Studies show that even if we don’t feel like it, or being an introvert, socializing with our loved ones makes us feel so much better in the inside.
Spend money on things that cultivate experiences at home.
Benefit: Encourage yourself to have people over and entertain.
Save money for a new grill for parties or a new DVD for a family movie night or have a picnic out on your lawn on a weekend with your closest friends, kick back and relax. Have a print out of the good times you had with them for more things to chat about.
Spend a few minutes each day connecting with something greater than yourself.
Benefit: Connecting to a high power is correlated with happiness.
Step back to realize that we are part of an enormous universe. Contemplate and take a walk in nature. You can try writing in a journal, or create a sacred space in your home. Light up some candles, soak in a hot bath and indulge into a good book.
Source: apartmenttherapy.com, housebeautiful.com, thepatrioticpam.com, byoumagazine.com, inspirably.com, livescience.com
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