“My home should calm me and energize me. It should be a comforting, quiet refuge and a place of excitement and possibility.”― Gretchen Rubin, Happier at Home
Here are four steps to help you figure out what needs changing and get you started on the journey to creating a happier home for yourself and your loved ones:
- Identify what things make you feel good at home. It can be the family photographs, the comfortable furniture, the decorative showpieces, the fragrance, or the lighting.
- Find out what makes you feel bad at home. Just be honest with yourself; it could be anything: everyday annoyances, non-functioning devices, or creepy figurines in your living room that scare the hell out of you every night.
- Ask yourself how you can consistently feel more in tune with yourself — what you can do to design a home, a lifestyle, and a daily routine that aligns with your core values, your goals, and things that matter the most to you.
- Develop a growth mindset and an atmosphere of consistent progress and improvement at home, both in the face of success or good fortune and failure or adversity. It’s a human tendency to settle and stagnate. And that’s why it’s wise to always maintain our daily disciplines and sustain our intrinsic motivation. For instance, learning how to properly operate a new kitchen gadget when the old one stops functioning due to incorrect usage. Or working on your woodworking skills to make small pieces of furniture for your new home.