Cre­ate a home that suits your needs

Wicklow People (West Edition) - - LIFESTYLE - CALODAGH MCCU­MISKEY’S

A re­cent Good home re­port study re­vealed that 73 per­cent of peo­ple who are happy with their homes are happy with their lives in Europe.

Al­though we of­ten think money will solve many problems, in­ter­est­ingly hap­pi­ness with our homes is shown to be three times more im­por­tant to per­sonal hap­pi­ness than in­come level.

The size of the home was also not a fac­tor in the study. Nei­ther was home own­er­ship per se. Peo­ple who rent were shown to be just as happy as home­own­ers.

When peers and fam­ily own their homes that in­flu­ences. Those whose fam­ily and peers own their homes are more in­clined to want that.

Hav­ing a home that suits your needs was seven times more im­por­tant than home­own­er­ship. Peo­ple who were happy at home felt a sense of pride, com­fort, iden­tity, and safety and con­trol all of which added to their well­be­ing.

Hav­ing a home you love, brings you way be­yond Maslow’s hi­er­ar­chy of ba­sic phys­i­o­log­i­cal needs of warmth and rest. Be­ing happy at home is an im­por­tant fac­tor for life sat­is­fac­tion and ful­fill­ment.

These find­ings make a lot of sense. Al­though I love go­ing away, be­ing able to go to sleep at night in the com­fort of my own bed is al­ways wel­come. In other stud­ies, our en­vi­ron­ment is shown to strongly in­flu­ence per­sonal well­be­ing. Re­lax­ing and spend­ing time in a space you con­sis­tently love before you go to bed and just af­ter you wake-up sets a pow­er­ful pos­i­tive tone for your day, health and well­be­ing.

If you are happy with your home, stay on top of it. This means hav­ing a space that serves your needs and fits with and ex­presses your per­son­al­ity.

If you aren’t, think of mak­ing changes. There are so many things you can do that are low-cost or even no-cost. Here are 6 changes you can make, most of which will cost you noth­ing but your time and creativ­ity.

1. De­clut­ter – Go through ev­ery­thing and let go of things you don’t love and are no longer (or even rarely) used. Give them away or sell them but move them on.

2. Re­or­ga­nize – Change things around to best suit your cur­rent needs and life­style. When things are al­ways the same, we stop notic­ing. When you move things around you see what you have that you love with new eyes. You may even de­cide to cre­ate more space. More space in your home will have a very pos­i­tive ef­fect on your mind and give space for more ideas and hap­pi­ness.

3. Lighting and Plants – Green­ery and good lighting can make an enor­mous dif­fer­ence to any space.

4. Make it yours – Show your per­son­al­ity and life story through your home. Make it uniquely you and yours–bring­ing in the needs, in­ter­ests, and per­son­al­i­ties of all the oc­cu­pants.

5. In­vite friends and fam­ily – Our homes and lives are hap­pier when we share them with oth­ers

6. Up­grade and make other changes you want – A space can be trans­formed by big­ger and even smaller lower cost changes. The most im­por­tant thing is that it serves you, and your fam­ily’s needs and looks good and feels sooth­ing and com­fort­able for you.

Peo­ple who are happy with their homes are more in­clined to in­vite oth­ers which adds even more to the hap­pi­ness of the home and the lives of the oc­cu­piers and their friends and com­mu­ni­ties.

Take time this week to plan any changes you want to make and start im­ple­ment­ing. You will be amazed at the knock-on ef­fect in your inner-world and life. Calodagh McCu­miskey de­signs and de­liv­ers be­spoke well­be­ing at work pro­grammes to grow peo­ple and com­pa­nies. She also of­fers reg­u­lar med­i­ta­tion classes, per­sonal de­vel­op­ment work­shops and well­be­ing con­sul­ta­tions to help peo­ple thrive

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