“Life takes you to unexpected places, love brings you home.” — Melissa McClone
Owning a home gives a great sense of pride since it marks your independence. It is home where you make most of your happy memories. But home is not something that remains the same forever.
Like everything else, it ages and weathers down. There are always things in and around your beloved home that need continuous improvement for it to be the home you want it to be.
You should definitely spend some time on home improvement projects. We have put together a list of some simple and great DIY ideas for home improvement.
Without a doubt, painting your home comes first on the list of things to do for home improvement. Paint is what makes the home look alive while also keeping it from deteriorating over time.
You’ve got plenty of walls and ceilings to paint with your favorite colors. If painting seems like too tough a job for you, you could also try wallpaper. There are all kinds of wallpapers available on the market that are easy to apply, remove, and reuse.Advertising
Space for storage is never enough in the kitchen, and things seem to constantly add up. Creative use of the space in your kitchen can boost the storage. Take advantage of corners and walls with open shelves to keep spices, dishes, and cookware within easy reach.
Rollouts multiply the storage significantly by using the wasted space inside cabinets to create space for your cutlery, dishes, and everything else. Make it your weekend project to decorate your shelves and cabinetry with the best decorative ideas you have. If you are crafty enough, you can even try building a wine rack.
Having a swimming pool in your yard is great. You can spend some quality time there, but it can also be dangerous — especially if there are little kids in the family. For pool owners, fencing the pool should be on top of the to-do list for home improvement.
Different types of DIY pool fences are available on the market and they can be easily installed without much hassle.
Changing small details can mean big differences in your bathroom. Check the bath fixtures and change them when it feels like they need to be replaced.
Some simple changes you can make to upgrade your bathroom could be changing the faucet or installing a new shower head (perhaps a handheld or a sliding bar shower head to make quick adjustment for different heights, from adults to small children). Try mounting your old CD organizers on the wall to organize your hygiene products, or install an extra shower rod with shower hooks to keep your scrubbers available and within easy reach.
You don’t always have to add or remove things to change the look of your home. Moving things around can give your home a different feel. Start with one room at a time.
Rearrange the bookshelves. Move your chair to a different corner. Move your bed next to the window so you can see the stars at night. You could also try moving the extra table to another room. You’ll be surprised to see how these simple changes can alter your mindset.
Change your doorknobs and cabinet pulls to give them a new look. Changing them all at once might get expensive, so do it one at a time, making it one of your weekend home improvement projects.Advertising
When you install new doorknobs, the old ones needn’t go to waste. Use them in the bathroom as hangers for your robes and towels. All you need is a screwdriver and it’ll be done in no time.
Add details to your entryway to make it inviting. Put a nice welcome mat and keep potted plants on the sides near the entrance. Dress the door with accessories and new hardware, like a grand set of pulls and a caller. Install outdoor lighting to enhance your home’s appeal.
Adding these little details to your entrance gives it a distinct personality and makes a lasting impression on guests.
Your home’s exterior can make up half of what you call home, so it most definitely cannot be neglected. Craft the landscape beautifully to add elegance to your home.
Well-laid turf is always an inviting sight. Plants and flowers make it feel fresh and lively and evergreen screens make your garden and backyard look elegant. Build raised flower beds to plant beautiful flowers. Drought-tolerant plants that last all year round are a good idea rather than using seasonal plants. Routine trimming and cutting are obvious jobs in the garden.Advertising
There is nothing more important than a good, safe, secure home. A home is no home unless it gives you a sense of safety and security. So, home security is as important as anything else on your to-do list for home improvement.
Installing a burglar alarm and surveillance cameras could be a good idea to secure your property. Remember to check the systems routinely and learn how to set them up on your own — just in case.
This is worth your time and money because it will give you a sense of security and allow you sleep peacefully at night with the knowledge that your property is secure.
If there are places in the house where the lighting is not ample, paint these areas with bright colors and install electric lights. If your closets look like they could use some light, set up Christmas lights around the edges of the doors. Install halogen track lights on the walls to add light where you need it. Install lights with dimmer switches to take control of the mood. Lighting up your home properly at nights gives it a distinct personality and creates a lively ambiance.
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Last Updated on January 17, 2019
8 Simple Mindfulness Exercises to Bring Peace and Happiness to Your Life
In life, we all need to be conscientious of what we are doing. You don’t need to live a life of stress if you don’t want to. You can achieve peace and happiness in life by carefully building mindfulness exercises into your life’s routine.
Exercising mindfulness isn’t rocket science and as importantly, you can do it. It will, however, take a few tries to get into the groove of things but once you get it, it is like riding a bike, you will never lose it.
Trust me. It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. In this article, I will share with you 8 mindfulness exercises that will help you to boost your energy, vitality and live a more peaceful and happier life.
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Why Is It Hard to Live A Peaceful And Happy Life?
Our Habitat Has Become Too Technological
The world has accepted the idea that technology is often the cure for all evil. We have accepted, as a society, that everything technological will make us live a better life without fully investigating the many side effects that modernity brings.
There are a number of technological side effects that have a tremendous impact on your life that the media rarely tells you about. Some of them include self-harm, economic inequality, having less sex, and even suicide. The global community is becoming less happy because of technology.
How can anybody live a peaceful and happy life when they are depressed? Technology advancements, ladies and gents, is a major reason for why we are living a poor life because it has infiltrated our lives too much.
According to my research, Americans spend an average of 8 hours a day looking at the computer screen — The average screen time spent on smartphones alone is about 20 hours per week. That’s a lot! No wonder why living a happy and peaceful life is so difficult these days.
Too Many People Don’t Want to Unplug
Americans check their phones an average of 80 times during vacation. Some admit to checking their smartphones 300 times every single day. In countries like Brazil, India and China, the situation is no different.
The reality is that people are constantly plugged into technological devices and this behavior is literally making people all over the globe fight an inner war with themselves, which consequently makes them very sad. As we know, war is the enemy of peace which won’t make anybody happy.
We have a global anxiety epidemic because people don’t want to unplug from their smartphones and most people aren’t doing anything to fix it. It is a sad state of affairs but very real. This obsession with technology is turning us into perishable robots who live terrible lives.
The era of anxiety is here to stay. There is little doubt about it. We can, however, fight back with the best remedy of all — We call it mindfulness!
Thank God there is an antidote to this whole technological madness. Without further ado, let’s go straight to the mindful exercises.
8 Mindfulness Exercises to Start Practicing
There are tons of mindfulness exercises available for you to engage with out there. In the paragraphs below, I will include the best ones I’ve personally tried or have seen my close friends and family members try.
Are you ready for it? Let’s go!
1. Pray Daily
You should pray on a daily basis. Why is that you may ask — Well, because science has told us to do so.
When people pray, they feel peaceful, almost eliminating anxiety. Worries become secondary, and often gives people energy and hope to cope with the difficulties of life.
Prayer can make you more confident and focused. Prayer also helps you with self-control, helps to control pain, and can protect you against illnesses and disorders like cancer and high blood pressure. At least, this is what researchers from Harvard Medical School have said.
Pray. You won’t regret it.
2. Pay Attention to Your Inner Thoughts
A lot of people allow themselves to be influenced by their negative thoughts. Be different and resist believing in them. It is a bad habit that can lead to unhappiness.
By the way, if you do feel this way, chances are high that somebody other than you put these thoughts into your head.
Here is my secret to combat this cancer — look at things objectively. I bet that if you look at things as they are, you will realize that most if not all of your negative thoughts are only inside of your head.
If you pay close attention, you will quickly realize that these voices aren’t worth your time. Believe me — Ignoring them and looking at things with objectivity is often the best course of action.
This article can guide you to beat negative thoughts:
3. Smile Often
Smiling will slow down your heart. It will also relax your body because when you smile, your body releases endorphins which in itself has a number of positive benefits for you as a person.
Smile often! You may want to smile early in the morning, during the day, and late in the evening. It is amazing what happens to you when you decide to smile instead of being grumpy.
Surrender your problems to a nice smile. You will notice two things. First, most people just don’t which makes them live a miserable life. Second, if you decide to smile often, you will eventually smile unconsciously which is the ideal.
The moment that you smile unconsciously, you then know that you are truly happy.
4. Organize Your Working Desk
A messy desk will make you less productive and can agitate and overstimulate you. You don’t want that.
When you clear your desk, you engage in deep inner-thinking and your systematic decision making ends up becoming therapeutic.
Most people realize that they are most creative when their creative space is clean and organized. The former often makes people more aware of what they are doing which lends to less stress and more productivity.
Organizing your desk will also make you more energetic and focused because order often decreases chaos which is a condition that often slows down daily progress.
5. Celebrate Your Friend’s Victories
I love this mindful exercise. One of the best ways to live a happy and peaceful life is to celebrate the victories of others. When you do that, you automatically make your friends in a better mood which makes you in a better mood, as well.
Happiness is contagious! We might as well celebrate others as much as we can. If you find out that your peer has won an award, celebrate with him! If your friend is the recipient of a local charity award, celebrate with her!
What is also awesome is that when you celebrate with others, they often celebrate with you in return. This, ladies and gentleman, will make you feel fantastic. You can’t go wrong with this one, period.
6. Listen to Your Spouse/Partner
God put someone in your life for a reason. You might as well listen to him or her.
I listen to my wife everyday. In fact, I often ask the following question to her, “Amanda, what are your thoughts about…” or “What am I missing about…” It is shocking what I hear back from her. Without her having much context and perspective, by the art of observation in my own nonverbal behavior and the behavior of others, she accurately gives me incredible insights which helps me out with living my life to the fullest.
I’m a firm believer that spouses are supposed to engage in interpersonal communication every day. I most definitely do and will continue doing it. You should do the same.
7. Give Yourself a Break from Technology
You can’t be in total equilibrium if your computerized devices control your life. You must get away from technology on a daily basis.
How do you do that? This is my formula:
First, take this smartphone control test. It is only ten questions but this test will place you somewhere in the human robot cycle continuum.
If your score is between 25-30, take a break from the computer (or smartphone, pad, laptop/desktop) every twenty minutes and stop being on a computerized device after 8:00pm.
If you score between 30-35, still take a break every 20 minutes but stop being on these devices at 5:00pm.
If you score more than 35, you need to take action immediately.
Limit computer use as much as possible throughout the day. Give yourself as many breaks from the computer as possible. Are you ready for the challenge?
8. Go Exercise
Go exercise at least three times a week. I don’t care if you need to workout early in the morning, late in the evening, on the weekends or during work days. Working out is absolutely imperative for you to live happy and peaceful life.
The stresses of the modern world are too much for you to neglect this important mindfulness exercise. When you go to the gym, you burn calories, focus on activities one step at a time, your mind relaxes, anxiety decreases, you sweat and often think about topics unrelated to your work place among many other benefits.
You must exercise at least three hours each week for optimum results. Why? Just take a look at all the benefits of regular exercising:
The Bottom Line
It’s in your best interest to learn and put these mindfulness exercises into practice. Now that our habitat has become too technological and many people just don’t want to unplug, engaging in daily prayer, celebrate your friends’ victories, and listening to your spouse are among the best ways to be mindful about what you are doing and how you are living.
It is possible to live a happy and peaceful life. It only depends on you.
Go exercise! Take a break from technology and invest in you! Life is too short for distractions.
More Resources About Mindfulness
- How Mindfulness Can Improve Our Focus and Productivity
- Meditation for Beginners: How to Meditate Deeply and Quickly
- Meditation Can Change Your Life: The Power of Mindfulness
- 10 Amazing Benefits of Mindfulness Backed by Science
- I’ve Tried Mindfulness Meditation, Here’s Why You Should Try it Too
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