Most people spend a lot of time working to make money. It’s not hard to see why – the more money you have, the happier you are. But what about when your workday is over? Do we always need to be working? What if there were some simple things that would help us feel happy and relaxed at home with our family or friends?
In this blog post, I’m going to go over 7 ways that will help make you happier at home.
1. Play music in the kitchen
People who cook while listening to music are happier and less stressed. They also work less hard, which means more enjoyment out of the meal that they create for themselves or their family members. This is a great time-saver as well – you can get all your ingredients set up early in the day with some upbeat tunes playing, then throw the meal together quickly in the evening.
When you play music, it’s important to choose a genre that matches what you are doing. For example, if I was making chocolate chip cookies and listening to instrumental jazz tunes, then I would be more relaxed than if I had listened to upbeat pop songs about love or relationships while cooking! The music doesn’t need to be loud. In fact, some people find that it’s better if they can barely hear the music in the background. Investing in new kitchen appliances is always a good idea as well. Check out prothebest.com for reliable reviews of various kitchen appliances.
The old-school microwave is still one of the most useful kitchen appliances, but they are noisy and can make the cooking feel like work rather than relaxing fun. I’ve seen new ranges with blue LED lights that help set a calm mood while you cook, which makes it easier to relax after finishing up your meal.
2. Get a Pet to Play with It
It’s not always easy to find a playmate for your child or yourself – sometimes you just want someone who will listen and provide companionship.
A pet can be a great substitute! You don’t need to have the time, money, or space for an entire dog (though that’s certainly one option) – cat owners are usually happy with their feline friends.
Some people like to have a whole menagerie of animals – from hamsters to horses! I’ve seen this as well, but it’s hard for the pets and their owners when they are all in one house at once. It can also be dangerous if there is any type of animal that could harm with claws, teeth, or size.
It’s better to have one pet that has a lifespan matching the owner – this way they will always be in the prime of their life and ready for playtime!
I recommend you get two cats if you are looking for company at home because they love each other so much and it reduces any outside dangers like
3. Put up a photo of your family
Studies show that people who are lonely or unhappy at home have a higher chance of getting sick. It’s important to remember, though, that social media and pictures on your phone can make you feel worse as well – it all comes down to the individual experience!
When I am feeling tired after work and don’t want any more responsibilities for the evening, I like to put up a photo of my family. Seeing their smiling faces and knowing that they are safe makes me feel better about myself even if it’s just for a moment!
The best part is you can use an app on your phone with the picture so that every time you unlock your phone or look at it, you see them.
It’s also important to make sure you have a photo of your family together, not just individually. If one person is missing from the picture, it can be hard for others in the household (or even feeling left out). It might be better if you don’t put up pictures at all and just remember them on their own!
4. Make time for yourself to do something you enjoy every day
Here are some of my favorite activities to do at home:
– Read a book
– Watch Netflix with snacks and wine (or other beverage of your choice)
– Cook dinner for myself or someone else without having to wash dishes after!
It’s important not to get too caught up in the mundane tasks – it’s okay to do something for yourself, too!
5. Have breakfast together as a family
Studies show that children who have an early morning routine, such as breakfast together as a family, are more likely to be happier in school and adults tend to live longer. It’s also important for the father or mother to spend time with their kids especially when they need it – don’t let your day become consumed by work!
It’s a nice way to start the day with something you can do together. There are so many different types of breakfasts and some might be met more favorably than others – there’s always time for bacon!
There are also plenty of breakfast cereals that you may have never considered before, like oatmeal or even just toast. Again, this is all about finding what you and your family enjoy.
You might even try adding a new breakfast item to the table, like eggs or yogurt! These are quick and easy options that can give everyone in the house time for other activities they need to do before heading off to work/school. It’s also good for kids who may not prefer breakfast and are looking for a way out.
6. Fill your space with fresh flowers
Studies show that people who have fresh flowers in their homes are happier. The color and variety of the flower do not matter – a bouquet or even just one single stem can make an impact on your mood!
It’s always nice to see something beautiful as you go about your day, whether it be inside or outside. Fresh flowers can also make a room feel more like home and less sterile.
It’s also nice to keep flowers as a reminder of those you love – they are always in your life, even if not at the moment! You can also use them for other things besides looking pretty – they make great materials for crafts or decorations on tables. It makes me happy to know I can use them for more than just brightening up my home.
7. Call at least one friend or family member a day
Staying in contact with friends and family is important for both mental health as well as physical. It’s so easy to get caught up in the day-to-day that we forget how much others care about us! A simple phone call, text message, or even just an email can help remind you of those who love you.
I hope you found these tips helpful! If your house is already happy, it’s nice to have some small ways of keeping that feeling going and making sure people around you are taken care of as well. It doesn’t take much time or effort but the rewards go a long way!