Brighten Up Your Life

Life can get dreary sometimes. Sometimes that happens because of the weather, especially if you live in a part of the country that experiences cold, dark winter. Other times it can feel dreary because of the way our life is going. If we’re having trouble with work or if we feel like a romantic relationship is going south, then that’s definitely going to affect our overall outlook and make it hard to stay positive. When we feel ourselves slipping into a sad place, we have to recognize what’s happening. Then we have to take action and try to dig ourselves out of the hole we’re in. That process starts at home.

Home decor

Next time you have a few minutes, walk around your house and really look at it as if you’re seeing it for the first time. We tend to take our house for granted. It doesn’t matter if it’s a studio apartment in the city or a mansion out in the country; we get used to our surroundings and forget what the place actually looks like. Try to imagine walking into your house for the first time. What would you think of the decor? Is it bright and cheery or somber and depressing? Does it even exist? Blank walls aren’t going to make you feel better about your life; they might actually make any feelings of depression or inadequacy worse.

It’s incredibly common to make excuses about why you can’t really decorate your house. It’s easy to feel like you don’t have time and don’t know why you should bother. But it really can make a difference. When you’re feeling down, you need to be able to exist in an environment that helps lift you back up, or at the very least doesn’t make you feel worse. There’s evidence that something as simple as a houseplant can help improve your mood. That’s because house plants release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide. House plants are a good start, but they’re far from the only thing you should add to your living space if you want it to feel more like a home and less like a random house or apartment where you just happen to live.

Photos and paintings

We have easier access to cameras than at any point in American history. Cameras haven’t actually been around that long, and now most of us carry a camera with us in our back pocket or purse. Smartphone cameras have advanced by leaps and bounds in the last few days. It’s to the point where it can be hard to tell the difference between a smartphone photo and a “normal” photo taken with a traditional camera.

Hanging photos on your wall goes a long way towards reminding you of better days. If you surround yourself with good moments in your life, it’s easier to remind yourself that more good days are on the way. For a little extra pop, use Canvas Prints instead of framed photos. Once you have enough photos, go to a local art gallery and find some paintings by local artists. There’s no need to come home to empty walls when you can instead come home to photos and paintings that inspire you.