If our homes are an extension of who we are (and we at Apartment Therapy believe they are), what we have within our walls inevitably affects our daily mood, productivity, and outlook on life. By having certain things around us, we can significantly boost our well-being. And here's the thing. They don't have to cost a cent. How many of these six things do you have in your house or apartment?
Sunlight: Rays of sun brings Vitamin D to your body, which in turn has a range of health benefits including strengthened bones. The UV rays help you sleep, boost your endorphins, and fend off Seasonal Affective Disorder.
Music: Playing music triggers biochemical stress reducers, which puts you more at ease and in a better mood. Instead of other sleep aids, try playing classical music when you go to bed. It's been know to help cure insomnia.
Made Bed: This practice has been called a keystone habit — one of those things that motivates you first thing in the morning, makes you more productive, and is, in turn, a catalyst for other good habits.
Open Door Policy: When you invite people in and show them how much you enjoy their company,your home acts as the conduit for meaningful get-togethers. Doing so not only strengthens your bond with family, friends, and community but it also lets you see your own home in a brand new light.
Personal Artwork & Photographs: Having things around that you created or have a part of does wonder for your happiness. It reminds you of the things you've done, and the people you love and spend time with.
Plants: Houseplants have many benefits, from purifying the air to adding color, texture, and interest to the home. They can also provide much needed winter therapy for those that garden in climates not suitable for year-round gardening.
What else is important to you at home that also didn't cost a thing?