The Psychology of a Happier Home
According to Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe, “He is happiest, be he a king or a peasant who finds peace in his home.”
Globally, for millennia cultures, there has been an interest in the complex relationship between a person and their home. This is highlighted in the words of environmental psychologist, Dr Sally Augustin, In his own words, “Think about who you are, how you would like to live in a place and what you wish to accomplish in your home and design accordingly.”
What Makes A Home Miserable?
Here are some of the factors that makes a home unbearable.
The level of sleep of humans is determined by the cortisol and melatonin level in the body. These hormones are produced in the human body at different levels. Study has revealed that the production of cortisol is highest at about 9:00am, then it depreciates during the day, to a lowest level at 12:00 then begins to rise again. For Melatonin, its highest level of production is by 12:00 noon, then depreciates to a minimum at about 12:00am before appreciating again.
Excessive or insufficient light in the home can upset the natural sleep cycle, leading to an increased stress levels and disturbed sleep. Depression, headaches and a weak immune system are all symptoms of severe sleep deprivation and stress.
Clutter And Dirt
In the words of Chrisyt Best, a professional organizer, she says, “Possessions, like fat, insulates us from the outside world, building a wall of junk which we can hide behind. Our clutter becomes an insular mechanism for shielding ourselves from pain.”
One of the signs of depression is a cluttered home. This could lead to fatigue and a lack of motivation, hence sufferers lack motivation to maintain their home. This leads to a pile of dirt in the home which can lead to further depression.
The study of space and a research into the amount of space people need to be comfortable is referred to s proxemics. Studies have revealed that for those who are in confined spaces, they experience a high level of stress as a result of a decreased productive level. It can be likened to being cramped in a bus, leading to encroachment to our personal space, decreasing our level of productivity. It is recommended that social space should be about 4ft, (1.2m) from the person and for public spaces, 12ft (3.6m) from the person in question.
Make Your Home a Better Place
Here are some leads as to how to make your home a better place.
Psychology Of Color
The psychological effect of colors vary depending on the color. As a result of this, care should be taken in the selection of colors for certain rooms.
Feng Shui is a Chinese translation for the word, “Wind Water”. It places emphases on the fact that there must be a balance with respect to the energies associated with the home in a bid to promote good health and fortune. This teaching is over 300 years old.
This hypothesis suggests that humans prefer being around nature. When absent, it could be distressing. This could be as a result of the evolutionary history associated with humans.
Here is a breakdown of how the home should be arranged.
• In order to maintain energy levels, natural source of light from large windows are the best options.
• A switch for dimming the light would also be a great add on. It could be used to balance the atmosphere.
• Make rooms as aerated as possible as this makes them more comfortable and healthier.
• The stress induced by clutter can be eliminated when you take time to organize a cluttered room before leaving it.
• The perfect color for a bedroom is blue as it reduces the blood pressure and the rate at which the heart beats.
• Keeping the bedroom dark early in the morning is necessary. This can be achieved through the use of heavy curtains.
• Beds should be placed in a diagonal position against the door and should allow for a clear view of the room as well as the door.
• The bed should always be properly made as it has been discovered that there is a direct relationship between a made bed and an increased level of productivity.
• A musty bedroom can be freshened up through the use of a lavender plant.
• Get rid of clusters that may be located under the bed and in the wardrobe.
• In order to have a great sleep, the bedroom should be free from electronics. If they must be in the bedroom, they should be at least two feet from the bed.
• The ideal color for the study is purple. It is historically associated with wealth and creativity.
• For offices, natural light is preferred as study has revealed that office workers are able to concentrate for up to 12 hours with natural light as compared to just 2 hours with artificial light.
• In the decoration of homes and offices, harsh lines and angular shapes should be used as they are known to reduce tiredness and boost productivity.
• Desks should not face the wall as this inhibits creativity.
• Make use of Aloe Vera as it is a great plant for the bathroom. It acts as a natural cure for skin irritation and requires little sunlight for development.
• Towels with earthly colors can be used to balance the bathroom. They can serve as decorations.
• The toilet lid should be closed as it makes the place look more tidy, also conserving the energy.
The Living Room
• For places where you would like to relax, mirrors should be absent as they create energy.
• Green should be the color of a living room as it creates an atmosphere of relaxation.
• For those who are nervous and aggressive, a soft texture can sooth this feelings. For introverts, a single chair is recommended as compared to a sofa.
• Take advantage of Halogen lamps and tinted bulbs as they create a different feel in the room.
• For living rooms, Reeds and Areca are suitable as they grow well in lowly lit areas.
The Dining Room
• The recommended color for the dining room is red as it elevates the heart beat rate and blood pressure, thereby stimulating conversation.
• For rounded tables, they should not be wider than 60 inches as they have been discovered to be the most suitable.
• For the removal of poisonous gases and other impurities that are airborne, spider plants are recommended.
• For those who take breakfast in the kitchen, Yellow is the recommended color as Feng Shui suggests that it stimulates digestion.
In summary, when there is harmony between people, the home will be happiest. According to Buddha. “A family is a place where minds come in contact with one another. If these minds love one another, the home will be as beautiful as a flower garden.”