Aside from offering ambience and functionality, great lighting is a feel good energy source.
Making your home a happiness haven
by Lisa Dzapasi
#1: Let the light in
#2: Bring in the natural world
Make your home as natural as possible by concentrating on keeping everything as close to nature as possible.
Bringing nature into your home blurs the distinctions between us and the rest of creation. It puts us in touch, in the tiniest of ways, with Mother Earth and Father Sky, with the old sacred pull of the planet.
#3: Soothe with natural scents
Scent can evoke profound shifts in mood. Our olfactory receptors are directly connected to the limbic system, the most ancient part of our brains, so we react to scents at a deeply primal level.
The ancient Greeks believed that beautiful scents were a means of contacting the Gods and the right perfume can certainly make your home feel tantamount to a temple.
Don’t be tempted to go down the the synthetic route. Natural fragrances include flowers, herbs, aromatherapy oils - they find their way to olfactory nirvana.
#4: Clear your space
You do not necessarily need a minimalist home (unless, of course, that’s your thing) but it’s very hard to feel relaxed and comfortable in a home which is stuffed to the gills with mess.
On a physical level clutter attracts dust which can give you allergies. On a psychological level clutter irritates the mind – it reminds us of all the things we need to do, to fix, to finish, to start. Piles of stuff cause our energy to drop as subconsciously our minds worry about clearing them.
#5: Bathtime bliss
There is one room in the house in which you can always be alone - the bathroom!. If you’re feeling frazzled or simply need time to ponder and muse, take yourself and your thoughts for a long soak.
All the great ancient cultures have a tradition of sensual and soulful bathing. The Egyptians adored it, as did the Romans who built their famous baths on Egyptian prototypes.
The Middle Eastern hammam is a place of spiritual and physical rejuvenation while in Japan, bathing is elevated to the status of a cult – a meditative experience that cleanses mind as much as body.
#6: Find your happy colours
Colour is the ultimate mood shifter so never underestimate the power of it in your home. Colour has been used for millennia to shift our emotions and even to heal illness: modern research is starting to bear out this ancient wisdom.
Think about the colours that draw you in. Often it can help to think about the places you love around the world. Are you drawn to cool calm Scandi tones, the warm earth-based pigments of the Mediterranean, or the colour pops of the Caribbean?