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The Mental Health Benefits Of Flowers (PHOTOS)

(4) Comments | Posted April 1, 2013 | 2:34 PM

It turns out that the 1960s activists who chanted "flower power" were onto something important, in more ways than they probably knew. Flowers, just like peace, are good for our mental health.

Research consistently links indoor flowers (and plants, but they haven't been mentioned in many protest slogans) with wellbeing....

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7 Ways To Make Your Home Happier And More Relaxing In The New Year

(0) Comments | Posted January 7, 2013 | 11:20 AM

At the beginning of a new year, many people decide to make things right in their world -- they work on getting a new job, partner, or haircut -- and their objective depends on where they think their problems lie. Since you're reading these sentences, you may feel that some...

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Stress-Free Hosting: How To Ease Tension With Holiday House Guests

(0) Comments | Posted November 26, 2012 | 7:49 AM

The ugly truth is that even visits among the best of friends can really stress out the host, the guests and innocent bystanders caught in the crossfire. Acknowledging the psychological realities of visits make situations requiring apologies and reconciliation much less likely.

For overnight visits to be the pleasant bonding...

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Designing For A New Season

(0) Comments | Posted August 29, 2012 | 4:13 PM

The seasons are changing. In the Northern Hemisphere, that means that the number of hours of sunlight each day, and the temperatures are both going down. Simple modifications to your living spaces can keep these seasonal changes from delivering a devastating psychological wallop.

Having fewer hours of daylight in a...

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The Psychology Of Sitting And Choosing The Best Chair

(1) Comments | Posted August 14, 2012 | 12:03 PM

Shopping for a new chair? Whether you're perusing furniture showrooms or garage sales, there are dozens of options to chose from - even before you start to consider fabrics and finishes. High-backed upholstered chair or chaise longue? Club chair or (God-forbid!) recliner? Psychologists have researched the psychological implications of the...

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Moving In Together? Read This First

(1) Comments | Posted May 13, 2012 | 1:30 PM

It's difficult to start to live with someone else. The easiest part of the whole process is getting all of your possessions into the same space (and that can actually be quite a hassle depending on the elevator situation). The psychological adjustments required are exhausting, and there isn't a salve...

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Why Nostalgia Is Good for You and Your Home

(3) Comments | Posted May 6, 2012 | 12:27 PM

Nostalgia and spurring those thoughts about the past with physical reminders in your home can up the reading on your personal happiness meter.

In 2008, researchers in Psychological Science found that nostalgia can help counter feelings of loneliness, and tchotchkes and other souvenirs in view seem likely...

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Being At Home In A New Home

(30) Comments | Posted April 15, 2012 | 12:00 PM

Moving into a new home is a shock to our emotional equilibrium, even when we don't get lost on the way to our new address or argue with the movers after they grow frustrated with our attempts to find the perfect place for the sofa. Our bond to our home...

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Spring Cleaning: Bring Plants Inside The Home

(8) Comments | Posted April 8, 2012 | 1:19 PM

It's spring, and flowering plants are popping up outdoors in gardens and inside on store shelves. So, it's the perfect time to bring some of those plants to the windowsills and tabletops in your home.

Indoor plants can enrich our lives in many ways. One of the benefits is that...

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Spring Cleaning: How Tidying Up Now Can Boost Your Mood

(5) Comments | Posted March 18, 2012 | 2:57 PM

Spring comes just in time for many of us. After we settle in for our long winter's nap, we start to feel glum as dust and things we haven't had time to put away start to pile up. With the new season comes also the medicine to cure our melancholy:...

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How to Be Organized: Living With Clutter

(28) Comments | Posted February 5, 2012 | 1:36 PM

We all agree that in the perfect world we would all know how to be organized and live clutter free. But as is all too clear, the reality is that we have stuff, and that stuff can't always be neatly packed away into color-coordinated storage baskets and file cabinets we...

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Sally Augustin: Resolve to Be Place-Happy

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 3:12 PM

Flickr Photo by Posh Living, LLC

New Year's resolutions -- it's that time again. This year, when you vow to exercise more, eat less, be nicer, read more books, etc., also resolve to make a few changes in the places where you live.

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Sally Augustin: Can Holiday Decor Affect Us Psychologically?

(0) Comments | Posted December 22, 2011 | 2:56 PM

Flickr Photo by Mark Crossfield

There are lots of things that can affect your mood during the holiday season... what do holiday sights and sounds add to that volatile mix?

At least in the Northern Hemisphere, the holiday season comes at a time that's short on...

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Configuring For Conversing

(11) Comments | Posted December 4, 2011 | 1:44 PM

Chatty Cathys talk all the time. They are the life of the party even when there's no party. Quiet Quentins hardly ever speak, even when people ask them questions. Every gathering you host this holiday season will include some Cathys and Quentins, as well as a slew of regular Janets...

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Home Away From Home: Bring Comfort With You On The Road

(1) Comments | Posted November 27, 2011 | 12:39 PM

Want to feel at home on nights when you're not sleeping in your own bed? Wondering if the office replication service that Jack Donaghy from 30 Rock uses has a residential division? When traveling it's hard to feel the same comfort you feel when you're at home. In this article...

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Decor Tips That'll Make Your Family Stop Fighting

(10) Comments | Posted November 20, 2011 | 12:31 PM

Your home is filled with sights, sounds, and scents. Which ones should you select to build positive relationships among the members of your family? This is the third article in a three part series about using home design to enhance family ties.

Consider the colors you put on your walls,...

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Sending Messages to Build Connections

(2) Comments | Posted November 13, 2011 | 12:00 PM

Humans are social animals and part of successful socializing is understanding the person we're talking to.

To smooth the communication process, we continually signal who we are by fiddling with the spaces in which we find ourselves. We read and interpret "signals," whether they're sent by family members or others:...

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Family-Friendly Design

(3) Comments | Posted November 6, 2011 | 12:34 PM

Many families are struggling to develop and maintain the sort of family bonds that Norman Rockwell's paintings have seared into our psyche. Not all families can achieve the bliss that he portrayed so evocatively, but everyone can use the physical environment to help build positive relationships among family members. This...

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