Your home can influence not only how well you live but for how long. Here are three changes you can make in your home, to help you live a long, happy and productive life. We bet they aren’t what you think.
Letting in the Light: Feeling upbeat is linked to seven more years of life, on average, according to research done at Yale University. We also know that sunlight is a key factor in making people happy. Use this knowledge to your advantage and make changes in your home that will increase the amount of natural light into your living spaces. This can be as simple as changing window treatments or your seating arrangements. For more of an investment in your health, consider adding a sunroom, trimming trees or adding additional windows.
The Social Connection: The MacArthur Study of Successful Aging revealed that people with strong social connections are healthier and tend to live longer. Creating a home environment that is optimized for social connection and entertainment can influence how well you can create and maintain those bonds with close friends. This might translate into an updated kitchen if you like to throw dinner parties, an outdoor space for gathering around the fire on summer nights, or a comfortable den or living room where you can share coffee and a friendly catch up.
Stress Reduction: A home that feels like a sanctuary from the world and provides you with ways to reduce your stress is one that can help you live longer. Stress is thought to be one of the leading causes of early death. There are many ways to transform your home into the relaxing place it should be. Identify areas of concern and address them. For example, you may want to hire a cleaning service or organizer to remove visual clutter, ask an interior designer to create the perfect relaxing bedroom, or refinish a basement or spare bedroom into an exercise room.