You know that phrase, "My Home Is My Happy Place"? You've seen it on mugs, pillows and hand lettered wooden signs. Well, we were thinking that not everyone may agree with that sentiment. Even the people who actually own one of those items! (If that's you, no judgement). In fact, some of you may want to punch that pillow in it's Happy Face! The thing is, we hear stuff like this so often that we go, "ya, ya, I love my family, blah blah blah" and sort of assume that our homes are truly feeding us and making us happy. But what if they aren't?
Time for a Happiness Assessment.
This week on the Style Matters podcast, we are exploring the connection between our emotional lives and our homes. We share some of our own dilemmas and the ways in which we approach our homes from this perspective. We talk about rituals, organizational decisions, and how some of our collections inspire us to be the best we can be. And we want to know, how is this whole "happy place" thing going for you?
When you have 5 minutes to just sit (and we know you might have to force yourself to just. sit. down.), take the time to really look at one of your rooms and ask yourself how you'd rate that space. If you give it low marks, how can you make some changes?
Ask yourself the following questions:
* Is this area helping me feel organized?
* Is this area helping me feel beautiful?
* Is this area helping me feel productive?
* Is this area helping me feel calm?
* Is this area helping me feel grateful?
* Is this area helping me feel creative?
* Is this area helping me feel connected to others?
Ok, maybe you're rolling your eyes a bit. Maybe this is too woo-woo for you. But that also might just be your resistance to the idea that you deserve a home that gives something back to you. Maybe you feel guilty for caring about things like this. Or maybe you want to add different questions that come from your own ideas of what happiness feels like. Bottom line: If you can't answer "YES!" to one of these questions, it's time to stop whatever habits you've let overrun your home and start some new ones that will lead to any of the above feelings.
And when you're done, you have our permission to go out and spend your hard earned money on one of those "my home is my happy place" pillows. Because dammit, it'll be TRUE!