Contents 

• Why Happiness at Home Is Important

• Twelve Tips for a Happier Home

1. Make Home Cooked Meals

2. Eat Meals Together

3. Enlist the Help of Others

4. Take Time for Yourself

5. Teach Your Kids to Play Independently

6. Embrace the Chaos of the Family

7. Create Traditions

8. Have Fun Together

9. Show Respect for Each Other

10. Be Spiritual

11. Be Affectionate

12. Stay Balanced

 

Why Happiness at Home Is Important

One of the greatest potential sources of happiness that women, can enjoy in life comes from the family.

Cultivating happiness in the home and harmony between you and your significant other will make life sweeter.

And children thrive when their parents are happy.

When you’re happy at home, you feel like you can do anything. So if you want to improve your overall outlook on life, start by making your home life happier.

Below are twelve ways to improve family dynamics, increase communication, and create a more sacred space in the home for everyone in the family.

Pick one of the tips that suits you and your family best and implement it for 66 days to form a good habit. It’s a big commitment, but happiness is a worthwhile goal.

 

Twelve Tips for a Happier Home

 

1. Make Home Cooked Meals

Before you can be happy, you need to be healthy. And good health starts with good food! When you take the time to cook home made dishes, your family gets the best that good nutrition has to offer. Since a lot of behavioural issues in children can arise from food allergies or sensitivities, cooking healthy meals can truly be a life changer for the whole family.


It takes time to home cook the family meals, but by fostering good physical health for your family, you’ll feel better as will your significant other and your children. Your children and your spouse can help out with meal preparations, giving you some extra time to reconnect with them after a long day. Children are more likely to enjoy new foods when they’ve played a part in preparing them, so the teamwork can have a doubly positive impact as far as increasing happiness at home. And when you eat well, you feel good, which means you can do more with life. So take the time to make home cooked meals. You might be surprised at how much it changes the dynamic in your home.

 

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2. Eat Meals Together

Families that eat together around the kitchen table have better communication than families whose members eat at separate times. And families that communicate are more likely to be happy at home. Setting aside the time to eat meals together regularly can be a real challenge for families with hectic schedules, but it’s important to make the effort. If you’re trying to figure out how to improve happiness in your home, this an excellent place to start.

 

If you have an especially busy family that rarely eat together, and you’ve noticed that your children or your spouse seems unhappy, the lack of meal-time conversation and connection may be an important clue. One of the secrets of happy families is that they work as a unit and this teamwork mentality begins at the dinner table. Kids who eat with their families at regular mealtimes are 31 percent less likely to drink, do drugs, or smoke than kids who don’t enjoy the luxury of their parents’ regular attention. Even if you can’t eat dinner together every night, make sure that you make time for gatherings around the dinner table at least once or twice a week.

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3. Enlist the Help of Others 

Getting support to make your family function smoothly is one of the keys to making your home happier. You may need a babysitter, a nanny, a cleaning lady, or just help from a relative for a few hours every week to keep life balanced and harmonious because family life is challenging. According to an old African proverb “It takes a village to raise a child.” Seek out helpful outside resources to keep the peace inside the home.

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4. Take Time for Yourself

Since you’re the one reading this article, you’re clearly the one who’s concerned about being happy at home. As such, you’ll need to take responsibility for how positive changes are implemented in the family. And you’ll need to be a role model. In our Western society, productivity and work is highly valued and this can lead to imbalance and a sense of spiritual impoverishment. By taking some time for yourself to get a massage or a pedicure or just relax, you’ll show the rest of the family how to take it easy and you’ll also stay charged up enough to keep working at the challenging details.

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5. Teach Your Kids to Play Independently

Whether you stay at home with your children or work outside the home, it’s important to teach your children to play by themselves so that you and your significant other, friends, neighbours and other relatives can have time alone to talk about adult-issues. As a parent, you’ll benefit from teaching kids independent play because you’ll have opportunities to unload whatever emotional burdens you’re carrying with other adults. Kids benefit because their parent has more patience and the ability to really tune in, but also because through independent play kids learn how to self-soothe and solve problems on their own.

 

Kids don’t automatically learn independent play. You and your co-parent will need to commit to teaching them this skill in small doses for younger kids and bigger doses the older they get. Some children are able to play independently more readily than others depending on their temperament and other factors like hunger and exhaustion. Take these factors into account when you work with your child on entertaining him or herself. 

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6. Embrace the Chaos of the Family

One of the secrets of happy families is that they’re willing to endure a certain level of chaos in the home. Different people have different tolerance levels for chaos, but if you have young kids (or teenagers for that matter) around the house, chaos is going to be a part of your daily life. The key is to realize that a certain amount of unpredictability and spontaneity is okay. Though some people outside of your family may turn their noses up at your family’s improvisational approach to life, true happiness comes from ignoring the critics. Perfection isn’t as fulfilling as it seems. Embrace the chaos in your family and make peace with the energy that kids bring to the home. 

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7. Create Traditions

There are family traditions that are beyond your control; traditions that are dictated by the extended family about what happens at Christmas or during other major holidays throughout the year. But did you know you can create your own family traditions to enhance the happiness at home?

 

Building a new tradition allows you to be creative. Maybe you’ll make a new tradition that involves going out for pizza every Friday night or watching movies for four hours every Saturday. Create a tradition that can incorporate the entire family into the activity and ideally, make it something that will engage everyone, young and old. Commit to doing nightly walks around the neighborhood, going for bike rides to the park when the weather is just right, or reading bedtime stories together. Some families have big birthday parties that become part of a traditional yearly repertoire. Just remember, traditions don’t have to be annual affairs. You can create weekly or monthly traditions too. Family rituals make strong family bonds that can last a lifetime.

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8. Have Fun Together

It’s not as easy as it seems! Having fun can be a challenge for families with a diversity of age groups with different tastes for excitement and challenge. And a key to having fun is making sure that all age groups are sufficiently challenged (adults included) without being totally overwhelmed. There are many activities that offer graded challenges but you’ll have to spend some time thinking about which ones would best suit the group of people who live in your home.

 

For example, visiting an indoor climbing gym can be a treat for young kids, teens, and adults because it’s possible for everyone to find a route that will challenge them without being too overwhelmed. An activity like this can help build trust in family relationships as well because family members will have to rely on each other.

 

A less active, but still fun activity would be visiting a pottery studio that offers intergenerational classes. Pottery is an interactive activity that can keep small children interested as well as older ones and adults. Doing fun activities like this that engage everyone will give you something to talk about and something to look forward to doing together on a regular basis. Having fun regularly is the glue that holds families together. When you have fun together, you have the opportunity to laugh together and that can be an incredibly powerful thing.

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9. Show Respect for Each Other

We show respect to people on the street by opening the door or saying “excuse me”, “please”, or “thank you”. Why not show the people in your home the same respect? Small niceties like these can go a long way toward creating stronger bonds and enhancing happiness in the home. If you need to figure out how to improve happiness on a day-to-day basis, this is a simple, but profound change that can make all the relationships in the family happier.

 

In order to teach children how to respect each other, you, and your significant other will need to be models of this behavior. Be gracious to the people you are most intimate with by saying your “pleases” and “thank you’s” just as you would with a person outside the family. It may seem overly-formal at first, but give it some time. Showing respect very simply in this way, and requiring respect from your children and your spouse in turn can bring relationships into balance.

 

According to a survey done on 150 families at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey, families were most content and had more fun together when they regularly expressed support for each other. These families said their “pleases” and “thank you’s” even at home when they were away from the public eye. And they taught younger siblings and older siblings to support each other by attending events and being generally constructive. It feels good to feel respected. If you require your family members to show each other support and respect, everyone in the home will feel happier.

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10. Be Spiritual

Formalized religion isn’t something that appeals to everyone, but even if you aren’t a big fan of religion, you can still cultivate spirituality within the home. Even atheists discuss their beliefs with their children and instill values based on those beliefs. A sense of spiritual direction is an important part of increasing the level of happiness in your family.

 

You needn’t set up an altar in the living room or perform rituals to be spiritual. Spirituality can simply be the recognition that there’s a Higher Power or other forces at work (or neither of these things if that’s not what you believe) in the world. Children benefit from understanding the spiritual underpinnings of their parents values when making decisions for themselves.

 

Research has shown that gratitude tends to support well-being. It doesn’t matter what your spiritual inclinations are, feeling and showing gratitude for what you have in this life can create a happier family environment. Take some time everyday to encourage everyone in the family to consider what made them feel grateful. 

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11. Be Affectionate

Hugs and kisses are an important part of fostering happiness in the family. Humans are wired to respond to touch and demonstrations of affection. When we touch another person or get touched by another person, our bodies release oxytocin, the same hormone responsible for causing an orgasm. Humans are social creatures and we need touch in order to feel loved and at peace with the world. If you’ve gotten out of the habit of touching or hugging your spouse, it’s not too late to start. If your teens aren’t particularly receptive to hugs, be more assertive about giving them or perhaps try more subtle touch-opportunities like a firm and encouraging grasp on the shoulder or a playful nudge from time to time. A little bit of touch can go a long way.

 

There are a variety of health benefits that you and your family can reap through the simple act of touch. If you’ve gotten out of the habit of giving hugs and showing physical affection, re-institute the habit starting today. Touch makes people feel happier so it makes sense that touch could make your home happier if give plenty of hugs and physical affection to the people you love most. 

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12. Stay Balanced 

One of the most difficult things that women have to do in their families is maintain balance. They have to balance their work and their family-time. They have to balance multiple schedules. They may have to balance meals according to different tastes or different sensitivities. But maintaining a balance is essential for happiness. First and foremost, you need to balance your own time and energies, despite the various activities or groups that tug at you. Secondly, you need to balance your children’s schedules so as to maintain peace and harmony within the home.

 

Ask that your co-parent seek balance in their lives alongside you if you’re looking at how to improve happiness overall in the home since your co-parents can exert a strong influence on the family environment. Some activities may seem important but if you’re in charge of keeping the harmony, you’ll need to consider the value of that activity up against the sacrifice of happiness and balance. For example, you may think it’s essential that one of your children takes gymnastics lessons, but lesson times offered in your community are inconvenient. Your spouse will have to take time off from work to get your child to the lessons and you know that will be stressful. It might even cause a few fights. So is it really worth it?

 

The whole process of staying balanced begins with you. So take the necessary time to meditate on balance in your own life and what you need to be happy at home. If you can be honest with yourself about that and perhaps even give up a few of the most unnecessary and stressful elements of your life, you can start to make changes for your kids and recommendations to your spouse. Balance is one of the most important keys to a happy family which is why we saved this tip for last.

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Summary

It’s possible for one person to change one thing and make a difference in terms of the happiness of a group. In this case, it is possible for you to commit to new behaviors and methods to bring happiness to the home. Women who take charge of their family’s happiness have the ability to make things better for everyone from physical well-being through good, healthy home-made foods and hugs to emotional well-being fostered through respect for one another and a sense of gratitude at the end of every day.


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