The science behind a happy home
Science has improved our lives in countless ways, from our health, to our natural environment and the technology we interact with every day. But a recent Domain Article has pointed out that science also has something to say about interior design and the impact this can have on human psychology.
Here’s how it works:
Embrace Plant Life
A team of researchers from Rutgers University explored the link between flowers and life satisfaction in a 10-month study of participants’ emotional responses to flowers. “Common sense tells us that flowers make us happy,” said lead researcher, Dr Haviland-Jones. “Now, science shows that not only do flowers make us happier than we know, they have strong positive effects on our emotional wellbeing.”
Check out our top tips for keeping your greenery thriving with Formed Gardens landscape architect, Luke Baldwin.
Make your bed every day.
Gretchen Rubin, author of the bestselling book The Happiness Project explains that making the bed was “the number one most impactful change that people brought up over and over” as she researched her book on inspiring happiness.
"Making your bed is a step that's quick and easy, yet makes a big difference," Rubin said. "Everything looks neater. It's easier to find your shoes. Your bedroom is a more peaceful environment. For most people, outer order contributes to inner calm."
Good luck explaining this one to your kids...
Introduce happy colours
A study from Vrije University in Amsterdam found that people mostly associate yellow or green with positive experiences, and in particular,