Guest Author - Carol M. Olmstead
A few strategic Feng Shui changes will make you feel more comfortable in your home, and a survey commissioned by Money Magazine and Lowe’s home improvement stores found that changes in certain rooms can also make you happier. 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 Feng Shui practitioners have long known -- that the rooms which affect happiness the most are the living and family rooms, master bedroom, and kitchen, and the areas that affected happiness the least are the garage, patio, and deck.
Using full-spectrum lighting during the day, choosing wall color to match the room's purpose, and placing the main seating in the "power position" so you have a wall or protection behind you are just some of the Feng Shui ways to make houses feel better and make you feel happier. Feng Shui changes in your bedroom can help lower anxiety and encourage sleep, adjustments in your home office can help you work more efficiently, and rearranging your family room can increase family togetherness.
Here are some of the Feng Shui friendly changes in your home that most promote happiness, according to the Money/Lowe’s survey.
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 a cabinet or 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 the view is unobstructed during the day.
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 fluorescents 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 the 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.
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