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6 Home Improvement Ideas to Liven the Mood

6 Home Improvement Ideas to Liven the Mood

Feeling a bit under the weather? Looking for a much-needed mood elevator? The walls that surround you can have a major impact on your mood and emotional wellbeing.

Here are five feel-good home improvement ideas to lift your spirits.

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1. Keep it Nice and Clean

Got stuff lying around you hardly ever use or don’t use at all? Free up space by clearing out your garage or closet. Get rid of that old coffee maker if you’re not using it. You’d be amazed at how reducing unnecessary clutter in your home can affect your stress levels.

Make space to move around freely and keep everything well-organized so you don’t work up a frenzy when you’re leaving in a hurry and can’t find your car keys.

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2. Lighten up

Good lighting is something that can instantly lift your spirits. It adds a new dimension of color, warmth, and personality to your home. What atmosphere do you prefer to have in your home? Light and relaxing or exciting and exuberant? Tune your lighting level and place fixtures accordingly. You can use LED lights; they tend to do wonders and also help save energy, hence reducing financial stress. Buying the right quality can also help you save money as they’re durable and can last a lifetime.

A slight shift in lighting is easily one of the most convenient home improvement changes to make, and for a bargain, you can have a highly positive impact on the feel and look of your rooms.

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3. Color Me Happy

You don’t have to paint the entire hall or room. Try painting just one wall in your room – an accent wall – which can affect your mood profoundly. Select a bright and neutral color that stimulates people to have lively conversations when they’re in that room. Some colors that have been proven to affect mood positively are: blue, green, violet, and beige. Just the look of it can help you destress after a taxing day at the office. There’s hardly any cost involved and you’re dramatically changing the look of your room.

4. Go for Upgrades

When we say upgrade, we don’t mean ditch a perfectly good household fixture or item and get a new one entirely. Just like painting walls or changing the lighting, you can transform objects of everyday use to make them all look more pleasing to the eye. Does the dinner table have too many scuffs to count? Drape it with an attractive table cover that invites people to use it more. Maybe the door to your room could use some polish. Feel like the sliding door between your hall and dining room is too restrictive? Trade it in for a nice coffee table or a set of silverware.

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5. Get All Artsy

Want your home to give off more positive, high-energy vibes? Incorporate natural and creative elements into your living space like a floral arrangement, health-promoting plants, or paintings that lead to feelings of calmness and serenity.

Having art present in any form can have therapeutic effects on your mood. Plus, it’s a creative way to up your home in terms of style. Even something as simple as textured wall coverings, ornate rugs, or uniquely framed family photos can add flair to your home and create highly positive vibes.

6. Use Fragrances to Evoke Positive Emotions

Just like the lighting, colors, and the sounds in and around your home, fragrances can significantly affect your emotions. Remember the last time you walked into a flower or perfume shop? How did it make you feel?
Fragrances register in your brain a certain way which affects how you feel. Some even get déjà vu or flashes of good memories from their past when taking in certain fragrances. However, you don’t want them to be overpowering so as to drive people away. A well-maintained home always smells clean and inviting to everyone. Add to that a pleasant fragrance like lilies or lavender and you’re all set. To save yourself the trouble of finding plants or flowers, you can also spray your favourite air freshener in small doses, though nothing beats doing it naturally.

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Last Updated on August 20, 2018

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

35 Anniversary Ideas to Bring You Closer Together

Every mature relationship has had a less-than-memorable anniversary. Maybe one of you forgot, or both of you got busy with work, kids, family issues, or something else. Whatever happened, the day came and went without fanfare. And neither of you seemed to notice or much care.

But for the health of any relationship, it’s important to make important days feel special. Anniversaries offer the wonderful opportunity to relive beautiful memories, practice gratefulness for your partner, and to show your love and strengthen your bond. Make this year’s anniversary with your significant other something special  — one that will bring you closer together.

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The best way to create a memorable anniversary is to do something new and different together as a couple. Stretch yourselves a bit.

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While boredom can silently kill a relationship, new experiences reinforce the shared bond you already have and create strong new memories. Just think back to the most significant memories you have right now with your spouse and imagine what new ones you can create!

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While you enjoy your chosen anniversary activity, be sure to keep a positive attitude and make your partner happy too on that day. Leave all arguments and day to day detail behind. Just celebrate your relationship. Whether you’re going to spend the day together at home, getting away, or having a wild and crazy new experience together, you can have your best anniversary yet!

If You’re Staying In

  1. Spend an evening with no technology, just the two of you and maybe a board game. It’s hard to keep ourselves away from our computers and smartphones long enough to have a meaningful conversation. Make a rule not to use your tech and you’ll rekindle your relationship!
  2. Make wine or beer together. If you enjoy drinking together, this is a fun activity to try together. Just remember to buy the necessary equipment ahead of time.
  3. Learn something new about each other. With an open mind, try asking some of the New York Times’ 36 questions that lead to love. They’ll help spark intimacy and will lead to some really honest moments.
  4. Have a lazy day. Breakfasts in bed, spend all day in bed talking and napping. Follow breakfast with champagne and dessert! If you feel like getting more active, cook together or play some games. Here’re some simple breakfast ideas for you.
    • Learn to dance at home. This is best for those active couples who work out together and also enjoy learning something new together. Just go on Youtube to find any music with dance tutorials and learn together.
    • Visit model homes or open houses and plan your dream home.
    • Have a special dessert – champagne and chocolate covered strawberries. Having an unusual treat makes a day feel extra special. If you want to make the dessert really special, try these tasty dessert recipes.
    • Create a playlist of your favorite songs as a couple. Choose songs that tell your story, and songs that you bonded over throughout your relationships. Here’re some love songs ideas for your inspirations.
      • Write your love story. Write it together or ave each of you write your own and then bring them together in an interesting, both sides of the story format.
      • Get a fondue pot. Fondue is a fun way to enjoy melted cheeses (for savory items) and melted chocolate (for sweeter treats).
      • Decorate! Turn your home into a dressed-up french cottage, a sophisticated restaurant, or simply with flowers. The different ambience will immediately change the feel of your home and make it feel like a staycation.
        • Talk about the future together. It might sound simple and everyday, but imagining how you want to spend your retirement together, or planning future trips can be exciting and romantic.

        If You Want to Get Away

        1. Take a day trip together to your favorite spot. If you live in a city, it can be incredibly refreshing to get away for an afternoon and drink in the outdoors.
        2. Go on a scenic drive and stop at a wine and cheese bar. Or, if you’re lucky enough to have lots of options where you live, try a brewpub. There are tons of small craft breweries with fantastic food options too.
        3. Go camping. Relatively affordable and, if the weather’s right, beautiful and romantic.
          • Take an overnight backpacking trip. For the more adventurous couples, backpacking is an even more intense way to challenge yourself physically while becoming one with nature.
          • Take a wine tasting tour. If you live on the West Coast or in the Northeast, take a drive to the nearest winery. Many offer relatively inexpensive tastings and deals if you purchase a certain amount.
          • Take a scenic train trip. Taking the train means less stress traveling: nobody has to drive, you don’t have to stop for breaks every few hours, and you can sleep if you need to!
          • Save up for a destination vacation. What better time than your anniversary to enjoy the beach at a beautiful resort?
          • Explore a new city. Whether you’re on a budget or have a lot saved up, you can have a great time just exploring an unfamiliar town.
          • Rent a cabin for a weekend away, in the woods or next to a lake or ocean. If you like the outdoors but can only take so much nature, try glamping.
            • Go on a retreat. Yoga retreats, meditation retreats, beautiful natural surroundings … they’re all the rage. Search for centeredness and calm with your partner.
            • Spend a day at a food festival. Many cities have fun and affordable food festivals, occasionally based on a theme. Check out your town’s (or a nearby city) calendar for inspiration!

            New & Exciting Experiences

            1. Go spelunking. Dark, damp, and utterly exciting!
            2. Go on a hot air balloon ride. Because the basket is relatively small, this can be a romantic and deeply personal – and yet thrilling –
              experience.
              • Try sky diving. If you and you S.O. are real thrill-seekers, sky diving can really push you to the edge!
              • Explore the underwater world by snorkeling or scuba diving. This may take you far away from where you normally live and work, which is an added bonus.
              • Experience white water rafting.
              • Drive or hike to the highest spot nearby for a new view of the world. America has tons of beautiful mountains where challenging hikes (or drives) can deliver breathtaking views.
              • Take a craft or cooking class. Up your craft skills or food  making skills, and enjoy something new!
                • Take a wine and painting class today. These classes are easily found these days and even a beginning painter can create a nice painting. Challenging but relaxing, fun, and you get to go home with some artwork!
                • Learn to salsa dance. Dancing is a fantastic way to actively get closer and coordinate physically with one another.
                  • Visit a nearby festival you’ve always wanted to go to. Have fun and let go with fellow audience-members!
                  • Spend the day at an amusement park together. Laugh and carry on like teenagers.
                  • Meet new people! At a restaurant, concert, or class, make it a point to meet new friends. Striking up conversation with someone you don’t know – but with whom you have shared interests – can be an adventurous and rewarding experience.

                  Whether your budget is big or small, and whether you have a little or a ton of time together, focus on each other. There are tons of options, in terms of location, level of physical activity, and cost. You can make the day special in a way that’s right for you!

                  Featured photo credit: Photo by Taylor L. Spurgeon on Unsplash via unsplash.com

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