10 Ways to be happier in your own home...
Recently we've been pinning images on Pinterest to help us put together our 30 Minute Makeover event, and in doing so have come across a few tips and tricks on how to become happier in your home.
1: Make Your Bed
The book "The Happiness Project" explains that this simple three minute task is one of the simplest ways to declutter and destress one of the most important rooms in your home. Adopting this simple habit can positively impact your happiness.
2: Clutter Causes Stress
This isn't a breakthrough statement, it's a well known fact; clutter causes stress. The mood boosting routine of tidying up a room should only take around five minutes to do. Unless of course you have a toddler or partner that who likes to simulate an earthquake, these five minutes should be sufficient enough to spruce up any room.
3: Memory Maker
The reason that experiences (and memories of those experiences) make us happier than material things is due to the entire cycle of enjoyment that experiences provide: planning the experience, looking forward to the experience, enjoying the experience, and then remembering the experience. Make your home a gallery of positive memories. This should be easy enough to do, and may even make you happier in the process :).
4: Today has been a Great One...
Try getting into the habit of simply sharing or thinking about one happy memory from that day. If you have children involve them, try getting them to tell you what the best part of their day was, you might just be surprised at what they say. Reflection is an important part of happiness, and pausing to reflect on a positive event from each day cultivates gratitude. If talking about your memories doesn't work, try writing down one line or sentence every day of a special memory. The added bonus of this is later in life, when your memory maybe isn't what it was, you will already have all of your meaningful adventures recorded! Not only will this book last for years, it may even provide you with some laughs along the way.
5: If you can't get out of it, get into it!
The dishes really aren't going to clean themselves, so you sadly you will have to do it. It's one of those must do chores, and you're never going to get out of it, so get into it! Try making even the most boring tasks, enjoyable. Turn up the volume on your favourite album and get performing some karaoke whilst pretending that this chore really isn't so bad. You never know, you may even learn to love it, even if you don't pretend! Happy Cleaning...
6: Live for Today
How many of you dread that feeling of being awoken by the dog howling or the cat scratching at the door? Or those of you that come with a morning warning "Attention all human beings, I'm useless without coffee!" Yeah I thought so... It may be cliche but setting a daily intent can make a huge difference to your happiness. Your daily intent could be "productive" or "exercise" or it could be something more specific like "say thank you to my loved ones today." However it should definitely not be another "to do" item on your list.
7: Do THEM a Favour...
That's right, I said them. Do small favours for your husband or wife, children or housemates and expect NOTHING in return! Not even a thank you. Try mowing the lawn for your husband but don't expect a pat on the back. Make the bed for your wife (properly), but don't try getting bonus points for it. Take the bins out for your housemate, why should they always do it? The ability to cultivate strong, healthy relationships is one of the biggest contributory factors to health and happiness, but when you start to keep score, the benefit is lost. The key is to try and keep these acts of kindness, selfless. When you do good, you feel good.
8: Keep in Touch
We are all leading busy lives but don't neglect your friends and family. Try calling your loved ones once a day, you can do this while you clean, while you make the bed, or while you walk the dog. Texts and emails do not count! Make an actual phone call, just to chat and catch up. We are social beings and studies show that even when we don’t feel like it, even if we are naturally introverted, socialising with our loved ones makes us feel better.
9: Cultivate Experiences at Home
Rather than spending all your income on those must have jeans or that seriously expensive spa day, try saving your money and purchase a new DVD player for family movie night or buy a digital camera or video camera. Then plan a summer barbeque, invite your closest friends, and relax. And definitely don’t forget to print out the pictures to remember the good times.
We've discussed doing small favours for other people, but now it's your turn! Delve into that bookcase of yours that hasn't been looked at for months and pick out that book that you've been meaning to read. And by book, we mean an actual book, not a magazine! Or before bed, create a home spa: light some candles and soak in a hot bath... Are you feeling better yet? We hope so.