How To Be Happier At Home
After a long trip of three weeks I am finally home again. While usually things stay quite the same at home when you’re away, I got the total opposite experience this time around. While I was figuring some things out career wise, it also got me thinking about all the things that matter to me, besides my career. One of the things that popped up immediately is my home life. While I love to go out on adventures, I love to be at home (especially during cocooning season). My home life with the boyfriend is pretty awesome already, but I wouldn’t be me if I wouldn’t be thinking about ways to optimize it. Reading Gretchen Rubin’s book Happier At Home during my trip got me inspired to implement some of her resolutions into my own life. Here is what I’ll do to be happier at home.
Know that feeling when you’re so excited to come home, almost run from the car to be home fasted and tell all about your day? And then just get completely get ignored? NOT FUN, right! Therefore, don’t do that to your significant other or family members too. Rubin explains in her book that studies have shown that giving that bit of attention for a warm greeting when one enters or leaves the house has a positive impact to happy relationships.
No cell Saturdays, light version
I find it really hard to really commit to no mobile devices the whole day. I mean, I might need Uber, or check out the weather, or check my bank account balance, or call my mom, or….
You’ll probably get the message, we use our phones for some many conveniences, deleting your phone for a whole day might even defeat the purpose. Therefore, I just don’t bring my work phone (and put in on airplane mode all weekend) and mute my regular phone. This way I am less tempted to check it, as I won’t hear any notifications coming in. I liked this one so much, I am never going to un-mute my phone ever again. Another thing I also like is to not check my phone in the evening.
Go on adventures
When you and your significant other both have hectic schedules, it can be hard sometimes to have lots of quality time. Besides making sure to still make time for each other during the week, also go on adventure! My fave adventures include going on weekend trips to European cities (as it’s pretty short travel time for us), walking around without a plan for an hour or just taking the metro somewhere instead of the car (actually did this one last night, not THAT adventurous, but enough to get us out of our regular patterns).
Now, are you ready to be happier at home? Tell us about your resolutions in the comments below.