Do you consider your house to be a happy home? What does your decor really say about you? Aside from the obvious “they prefer pastels over neutrals” observation, the items in a person’s home conveys far more than their interior decorating skills alone. Apparently, there are certain things we should all be putting in our houses in order to ensure the happiest life possible.
Still skeptical? Perhaps the fact that science backs up these claims will help change your mind. Follow these seven tips, and you’ll be on your way to a happier home — and you — in no time.
1. A minimalist approach
Just because you’re not a full-blown hoarder doesn’t mean you can’t benefit from cutting back on household goods. In fact, research conducted by UCLA’s Center on Everyday Lives and Families (CELF) unearthed some interesting sentiments about the way humans interact with the space and clutter in their homes. Turns out, the whole “less is more” mentality really does hold true.
Researchers at CELF found a link between an overly cluttered abode and high cortisol levels (AKA stress) in female home owners. “The more stuff, the more stress women feel,” the findings reported. “Men, on the other hand, don’t seem bothered by mess, which accounts for tensions between tidy wives and their clutter bug hubbies.”
2. Fresh flowers
Having a rotating inventory of freshly cut flowers just feels good. If doing so isn’t your typical M.O., it’s time to start because science says so. In fact, flowers and plants alike have been said for decades to perk people up, so why wouldn’t you want them in your home at all times?
3. Photos around the house
Did you know that taking a trip down memory lane can actually help to boost your mood in the moment? Given this, it’s fair to say that stocking your abode with sentimental photos of your happiest times with your most beloved loved ones is a good move. Not only will they remind you of those special times, but keeping meaningful photos around the house can help lift your spirits.
4. Vanilla candles
It probably doesn’t come as much of a surprise that candles are a good thing to have around. They provide ambiance and give off some of the sweetest aromas your home could ask for. However, you may be surprised by which scent, in particular, evokes a sense of calmness.
According to research, vanilla is one of the most relaxing scents, which means it’s time to stock up on your supply.
Now, this is one recommendation we can really get behind. Because … puppies. The reality is, having a fur baby around makes everything better — despite having to struggle through some pretty tough situations — and there are even cold hard facts to prove it. The Journal of Personality and Social Psychology found that “pets can serve as important sources of social support, providing many positive psychological and physical benefits for their owners.”
Now the only question is: Which breed is best for you?
6. A made bed
In a video that went viral, Admiral William McRaven explains the power of making your bed every morning. As he describes in his now well-known speech, making your bed gives you a sense of accomplishment, and it sets the tone for the rest of the day, regardless of how hectic a day you’re expecting to have.
Take the time to make your bed, and you’ll be leaving your room already having done a worthy task. Plus, coming home to a made bed after a long day feels pretty good, too.
7. Green or blue walls
When it comes to paint preferences, everyone’s got their opinions. But opinions aside, science has proven that there are some colors that are better than others, at least for your mood. For instance, Vrije University in Amsterdam conducted research that found that most adults associated the color green with happiness. Participants of another study, which took place at the University of British Columbia, determined that blue “symbolized peace and openness.”
So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get to the store and deck out your digs with these oh-so-soothing mood boosters.
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