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Our homes are crucial to our happiness, even more so this year while working from home. However, if you've found working from the living room's having a detrimental impact on your wellbeing we have a happiness tip to restore the balance.
The tip comes from Meik Wiking, best-selling author of The Little Book of Hygge, and responsible for introducing the Danish concept of Hygge to the world. He is CEO of the Happiness Research Institute in Denmark, so it's safe to say he is an expert in the field of what makes us happy.
Speaking to Ideal Home, as part of the Lego (opens in new tab) Bygge Hygge campaign, Meik explained that our homes have a huge impact on our happiness. 'We did a study a few years back looking at how important homes are to our overall happiness. ' Revealing how 15 per cent of our overall wellbeing is connected to our home.
'We spend a lot of time at home - and that was pre-pandemic, and I think that is, even more, the case these days.'
Working from home happiness tip
Meik noted that working from home has had a big impact on our wellbeing. It might have taken the stress of a commute or choosing what to wear in the morning out of our hands, but it has made it harder to switch out of work mode and de-stress.
However, according to Meik restoring balance could be as simple as putting everything associated with work out of sight at the end of the day.
'We're looking at how homes play a part in our wellbeing and had interviews with similar people in similar situations but different setups at home,' he explains. 'So one man working from home and he has the ability to shut a curtain to his work station. That means he can easily mentally shut off work after work, by drawing the curtain.'
'Another woman we spoke to, her office station is visible at all times in her living room. That means she is constantly thinking about work, and constantly being in work mode,' he continues.
'So having the ability to shut the curtain or if you are one of those lucky people who have their home office where you can close the door. I think is important to understand how visible objects trigger our mental capacity.'
It sounds so simple, but we all know the saying 'out of sight out of mind'. Moving your laptop behind a curtain or into a basket at the end of the day could be the key to pushing work stress out of your mind.
Whether you are working on your kitchen table or in a bedroom, take the time to put everything away – maybe crack out the Lego or a puzzle in its place.
You won't believe the difference it will make.
*Research from the UK, Denmark and 10 other countries across Europe.
Rebecca Knight has been the Deputy Editor on the Ideal Home Website since 2022. She graduated with a Masters degree in magazine journalism from City, University of London in 2018, before starting her journalism career as a staff writer on women's weekly magazines. She fell into the world of homes and interiors after joining the Ideal Home website team in 2019 as a Digital Writer. In 2020 she moved into position of Homes News Editor working across Homes & Gardens, LivingEtc, Real Homes, Gardeningetc and Ideal Home covering everything from the latest viral cleaning hack to the next big interior trend.
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