A home that’s clean and trendy won’t necessarily provide you with happiness. There are certain elements that you can add to your home that scientifically improve your chances of complete happiness. These scents, colours & accessories are bound to improve your mood!
- Yellow or Green Walls – a study conducted by Vrije University of Amsterdam found that these were the two colours that made us feel the most happiness. You might not feel comfortable painting your whole home green, so opt for a statement wall instead as this will inspire happy feeling whilst creating a focal point in your room.
- Fresh flowers – a study from Rutgers found that “Flowers have an immediate impact on happiness. All study participants expressed “true” or “excited” smiles upon receiving flowers, demonstrating extraordinary delight and gratitude. This reaction was universal, occurring in all age groups.” And that this positive effect on the mood was felt long term. Treat yourself and your family to a bunch of fresh flowers to fill your home with a beautiful scent. Floral scents in general were found to boost feelings of happiness by the Association of Psychological Scienc, so if you don’t want fresh flowers, choose a floral perfume instead.
- Old photos – a study conducted by the University of Portsmouth found that looking through old photos evoked feelings of calmness and positivity. Consider replacing the whatever is on your bedside table with some framed, sentimental photos to encourage relaxation before bed.
- A made bed – 71% of people who make their beds consider themselves to be happy, whereas 62% who don’t make their beds consider themselves unhappy, according to a survey by Hunch. Take that extra 5 minutes each morning to make your bed before going to work, it’s worth it.
- Vanilla candles – a study from Chemical Senses found that the smell of vanilla beans was very uplifting. A great way to impart this scent into your home is to light a relaxing vanilla scented candle.
- Diary – keeping a diary at home can be very rewarding. It contributes to your future mood & feelings, according to Psychological Science journal, as re-reading old entries can bring you joy even if they’re only a sentence long.
- Pets – research published in the Journal of Personality and Social Psychology states that pets help their owners to avoid social isolation and improve their lives by providing meaningful support to them.
Minimalism – UCLA’s Center of Everyday Lives and Families found that there’s a link between high levels of the stress hormone cortisol and the amount of clutter in the home for women. This is because a messy home filled with a high density of household objects is associated with failure. Get rid of what you don’t need for a higher chance of happiness and tranquility.