If you consciously let your body take care of you, it will become your greatest ally and trusted partner – Deepak Chopra, What Are You Hungry For?

In recent years, more and more attention has been paid to seeking optimum health, true wellness, maximized longevity, and premium quality of life. The focus of late has been on boosting both physical and mental health and our homes can play a critical role in augmenting wellness.

Creating a sanctuary from the busy world, a quiet nest tucked away from the hectic chaos, finding tranquility within the noise – having a place of respite is key to happiness and even to physical health. We all want more energy, increased productivity, and less stress. Turns out, our homes can influence those in a significant way.

Consider the impact of these factors in your overall wellbeing:

  • Air
    • Add houseplants to filter the air
    • Use lower VOC paints, purchase lower VOC carpets, and insist on lower VOC furniture finishings
    • Build in adequate ventilation and use quality filters
  • Color
    • Consider using colors that breed positivity
    • Soft shades, blues, greens, and neutrals tend to lead to relaxation
  • Light
    • Maximize natural light
    • Consider designing lighting that energizes early in the day and offers soothing gentle light in the evening
    • Explore the idea of lighting that influences circadian rhythms
  • Structure
    • Invest in products that work with the body ergonomically
    • Consider furniture and tools as extensions of the body at any age, but particularly as the user enters their golden years, which can provide support for independent living.

Building in spaces for meditation, carving out a bedroom conducive to sleep, constructing a kitchen with efficiency and style – each project adds to the pleasure that home brings, and ergo, to the happiness factor we find in our spaces.

Deepak Chopra, What Are You Hungry For?

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