Simple Things to Make You Happier At Home

Our homes are an extension of who we are: what we do within the walls of our abodes shapes our mood, affects our productivity, and influences our outlook on life. 

1. Bring every room back to “ready”

This mood-boosting routine is simple: Take about three minutes to bring each room back to “ready” before you depart it. 

2. Display sentimental items around your home

One reason that 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.

3. Start a one-line-a-day gratitude journal

Before bed, simply jot down one happy memory from that day.Before bed, simply jot down one happy memory from that day.

4. If you can’t get out of it, get into it

The dishes are not going to clean themselves, so you will do it, and you will like it. Otherwise, get into doing the dishes. Feel the soothing warm water on your hands. Enjoy the tickle of the tiny bubbles. Crank your favorite album at an unusually loud volume, do a couple fist-pumps while shouting

5. Call at least one friend or family member 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 to a loved one, just to chat and catch up.