By: Kelsey Venekamp With 2015 quickly coming to an end, the chatter of ‘new beginnings’ and ‘fresh starts’ fills the air, as we begin to pen our priorities in the New Year. While our resolutions are often aimed at improving our minds, our bodies or our hearts, why not take a year to dedicate our resolutions to creating a more attractive, more efficient or even a more influential environment at home and at work in an effort to improve our overall well-being and happiness? I believe it only takes a few tweaks to our homes or offices, as well as our daily routines to encourage positive change and happier minds:
- Make your bed. According to Charles Duhigg’s “The Power of Habit”, making your bed every morning is correlated with improved productivity and stronger skills at sticking with a budget. It has also been suggested that making your bed boosts overall happiness and contentment throughout the day.
- Display sentimental objects. Experiences and memories make us happier than material things. Framed pictures of family and friends, positive quotes or even that special letter that someone wrote you years ago—push negativity away by making your environment a gallery of positive memories to boost energy and joy!
- Conquer the clutter. Clutter produces a feeling of chaos and chaos yields stress. Whether it’s the clothes in the depths of your closet you haven’t worn in years or the pile of papers on your desk at work, it’s time to tackle the chaos and the tension it creates.
- Buy fresh flowers. Think about someone sending you a bouquet of flowers. It makes you smile, right? Now image that feeling of joy and happiness throughout the day. Commons sense tells us that flowers make us happy. Not only their colors, but their scents can have powerful effects on our emotions—also similar to the principles of using essential oils to de-stress. From increased happiness to reduced depression and anxiety, think of all the good that they can do for your body and soul!
- Paint something. Paint a wall. Paint a canvas. Maybe even an old piece of furniture that needs a new life. Every color is associated with a mood or feeling. Incorporating new colors into your palette can not only feel like a ‘fresh start’, but can totally revamp your attitude. Want to feel more powerful? Throw some red on the wall. Need a dose of positivity? Paint that old nightstand a bright yellow. Or if you need to feel more relaxed and refreshed in the New Year, perhaps you brush an abstract greenery scene on that blank canvas sitting in the corner.
It can be hard to keep up the enthusiasm after you’ve swept away the confetti, but I truly believe that incorporating these five steps into our homes in the New Year will catapult us into having truly the best year yet!