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happier at home: 5 simple things

July 31, 2012

 

Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our living space shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. By making tiny adjustments to our habits, we can impact our happiness because we are, in fact, in control of our outlook on life.

It’s amazing how a few tweaks to our daily habits can become a catalyst for meaningful, positive change. Here are a few simple things I suggest you can do every day to feel happier at home.

1. Make your bed. As simple as this little chore is, it really can effect the positivity surrounding the rest of the day.

2. Have every room ‘ready’. It’s true that clutter causes stress and order creates a haven from it. Take even just five minutes before you leave and make sure each room is tidied up and organized.

3. Start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal. Before bed, simply jot down one happy memory from that day. There are even books created to make this easier so there are no excuses! Reflection is an important part of happiness, and pausing to reflect on a positive event from each day cultivates gratitude.

4.  Before you get up each morning, set an intent for the day.  This isn’t another ‘to do’ item we are all so guilty of setting. Giving yourself a daily intent makes a huge difference. Your daily intent could be something as simple as “be productive” or “enjoy today’s funny moments” or it could be something more specific like “say thank you to my loved ones today.” Remember this goal when the day gets hectic.

5. Spend money on things that cultivate experiences at home. Save money for new cocktail glasses for parties or a new nail polish for girls night in— something that will encourage you to have people over and entertain. Plan a summer barbecue, invite your closest friends, kick back and relax.

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