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Rearranging Your Rooms for Happiness
Sat Apr 06 2013 |
You already know that a few Feng Shui changes in the right places can make you feel more comfortable in your home, well now a survey commissioned by Lowe’s home improvement stores and Money Magazine is telling us that changes in certain rooms can also make you the happiest. According to the survey, almost 75% of people who had made home improvements within the past two years were happier, compared with 66% of people who hadn’t made any changes. The study also showed what we Feng Shui practitioners have been telling you all along -- that the four rooms which affect happiness the most are the living room, family rooms, master bedroom, and kitchen. Feng Shui changes in your bedroom can help lowering anxiety and encourage sleep, adjustments in your home office can help you work more efficiently, and rearranging your family room can increase family togetherness.
Turns out the areas that affect happiness the least are the garage, patio, and deck, but of course that does mean you can neglect those either.
These are some of my favorite Feng Shui changes to promote happiness, especially if they are made in the four critical rooms:
Put your sofa in the right spot. The sofa or chair that you most often sit in should be positioned so you can see the door to the room. That's because when you face away from activity, your brain is more likely to produce cortisol and adrenaline, the stress and anxiety hormones.
Add shelves. Messy rooms can cause anxiety, but a minimalist setting isn't ideal either. Add shelves to display your favorite things, but make sure you keep them neat.
Hide the TV. Researchers have found that the more TV you watch, the more you overestimate the affluence of other people, with the result that you become less happy. To help control how much you watch, conceal the screen in any way that makes you less likely to turn it on.
Let the sun in. Sunlight boosts mood, so hang draperies far enough outside the window opening so that during the day the view is unobstructed.
Vary the light sources. When a room has uniform lighting, it's harder to connect with other people. Instead, choose a mix of task lighting, diffuse ceiling lighting, and hanging fixtures with dimmers. Replace fluorescent lights with warmer bulbs to reduce fatigue.
Encourage sleep. Install double-pane windows in your master bedroom to muffle sound, hang light blocking shades, and keep lavender plant or a lavender diffuser in room to help you fall asleep easily and sleep better.
Sit in the power position. In your home office, locate your desk chair in the power position, which is diagonally across from the door with your back to a wall. Try to position your desk so you can see both out the door and out a window. If your office doesn’t have a view, hang artwork that shows natural scenes and landscapes.