Everyone wants to be happy, even those who say it is not important to them. And happiness starts with your family and how you coexist with them.
If you want your home to be happier and healthier, you should focus on the environment inside it, create meaningful routines, bond over quality time, and change the way you see fitness and nutrition.
An Environment of Wellness
The ancient Chinese art of Feng Shui talks about the importance of finding harmony within your surroundings. A simple example is the location of the furniture inside your house. If placed in the right area, it can create a peaceful atmosphere for yourself and your family. If not, the flow of positive energy is disturbed. As a result, you will not feel as comfortable as you should when you are inside.
Whether you believe in Feng Shui or not, creating an environment of warmth and hospitality is essential to a happy home. It starts with your visual perception of what is around you. If the walls in your living room are gray and gloomy, it will influence your state of mind negatively. On the other hand, if you invest in a few faux brick brownstone wall panels or some pieces of vibrant art, your house will not only be more appealing but also much cozier for those living inside.
A Meaningful Routine
Anything you do consistently is considered a habit or routine. But not all are good. Smoking daily is a habit. The same goes for drinking yourself to sleep. Yet, they are not helpful to your body or in any way meaningful to your life.
On the flip side, taking a few moments to meditate before you get up from bed, washing your face with water, and brushing your teeth before you do anything else will set you on the right path to a successful day. Not only that, but it will also create discipline and a set plan for you to follow.
The same goes for the younger members of your household. If you teach your kids to make up their beds as soon as they get up or clean themselves before they go to bed, this will ingrain in them the value of positive repetition. It will also teach them about hygiene and self-respect, both essential qualities for them to carry on during their lives.
Quality Bonding Time
A family with two children is not only four people living together under the same roof. It is a cohesive unit working in unison for the benefit of all. If one member is feeling down, the other three are there to bring him up. If another is excited by personal accomplishment, the other three are there to celebrate with her.
Of course, everybody needs their own time, the time to engage in whatever it is that people engage in when they are alone. Even couples have to be away from each other at some moments for the marriage to work.
But this doesn’t mean being overly independent. If your son is inside his room watching TV all weekend long with his door closed, what is the difference between this and him living alone? If you as a parent are always at work, what is the point of being married and having children?
Family bonding is about creating a support system where all participants share the benefits of being in each other’s company.
Fitness and Nutrition
One of the biggest misconceptions in modern-day culture is that most people “like to cook.” Another claims that individuals who engage in physical activity do it because they want to. Sure, many men and women worldwide don’t mind being in the kitchen every day, and some people are addicted to exercise. But for the most part, this isn’t the case.
Still, getting fit and eating the right kind of food doesn’t have to be something you dread. Instead, it can become something you look forward to, especially if you do it as a family.
What if instead of complaining about having to cook dinner you can include your children in this process? If you want to shed those extra pounds before summer, why not go jogging with your kids or do a family workout video at home?
Family health is about family more than it is about health. It’s about making the right decisions not only for yourself but also for those sharing their lives with you inside your household.
We’ve seen four ways in which you can make your home a happier and healthier place to be. By following them, you are giving yourself the chance to maximize the time you have with your loved ones in an environment of optimism and joy. You are also paying forward for the lives your kids will eventually share with their own families.