4 Reasons Why Your New Home Can Alter Your Behavior

Guest post contributed by Donna Estrada

You might encounter questions such as, “Where is home for you?” the answers might vary in each person but they have one thing in common why they end up answering that and it’s because they’ve found comfort in that place that they consider as their home. Four-in-ten or a total of 38% say the place they consider home isn’t where they’re living now. A person’s home is their self-definition because, in some places, it’s not just where they are, it’s who they are.

When you have decided to move to a new home yet you are not yet sure of the interiors that should be added in order to make your new home comfortable to you. You might ask yourself what it should consist. Do you think it should have great interiors or has trendy furniture?

Before answering what you should put inside your new home, there are essential things that you need to consider. Did you know that your new home change your behavior?

Location plays major role

When choosing a home, we should first consider the location. In what part of the street will it be located? In what kind of places was it near? Where your new house was located will surely affect your psychological health and there is an existing that was coined for this situation which is known as Psychogeography. It is the study of the relationship between the places that we move through in our everyday life and the effects that those places have on our minds. It encompasses things like the ways that an urban streetscape might affect your feelings, your emotions, what kinds of things it might make you do, how it might affect the way that you pay attention to your surroundings, remember things and make decisions.

You might be unaware of this but the place where your home is located; it can be one of the factors that could affect your behavior and actions. The people living in that community might also contribute to the factors for you to change how you look the world. It’s advisable to be very careful in choosing your new location.

Powerful effects of colors

Some people seem to forget the importance of choosing the color to be painted on their walls. Once they have already projected a color in their mind, they will stick with that without thinking that it might interfere with what they like. Take this, for example, you really love the color red, and you want it to be the color of your room yet the main goal that you set for the theme of your room is to make it relaxing and calm. There is a contradiction between your needs and wants.

A Color is a tool you can use to alter your own mood, behavior, and performance. You may not be aware of these effects but if you will assess yourself, colors really have the power to change your behavior. For example, the scenario that happened years ago, when children under detention at the San Bernardino County Probation Department in California become violent, they are put in an 8-foot by 4-foot cell with one distinctive feature – it is bubble gum pink. The children tend to relax, stop yelling and banging and often fall asleep within 10 minutes. This is how powerful colors are.

Light affects emotions

Light certainly has a physiological impact on people. Research says that visible light can help to stimulate the body’s production of the neurotransmitter serotonin, which can reduce the symptoms of depression. You can easily differentiate the persons with gloomy personality over the cheerful one by just seeing the amount of lighting that they have set up in their house or even in their rooms. Choosing your new house’s lighting is as same as how you choose the music to be played to adjust your mood.

Many scientists have claimed that the amount of lighting affects the regulation of emotions, such as happiness and sadness, through the nervous and endocrine systems. The wavelength of light can create an impact on the regulation of the thoughts of the person. Base on the given information, light can make deviate how the person’s perception.

Furniture alters concentration

In a Stanford study, there were two groups which were exposed to different workplaces; the other group was exposed to “business-ey objects” such as boardroom tables and briefcases, while another group was exposed to neutral objects such as kites and toothbrushes. The result of the study was the group who was exposed to the objects related to business thinks and acts more competitively compared to the control group. 

If you’re planning to add more furniture in your new house, you need to consider more than just colors and accessories. It’s advised to be meticulous with the kind of furniture you will pick which can create a huge impact on the overall mood. Having good furniture ergonomics increases positivity.

What are you planning to do next? You may come up with a list of your spare things that need to be moved out of your house and ask some of your friends if they’re interested in buying it. It’s like lessen your new house’s baggage but at the same time, you are earning not just money but also positivism.

Homes are more than places to live in. They might keep the rain off our heads but they also house a whole host of other issues, things that resonate with us on a deep and symbolic level, a kind of physical manifestation of all our hopes and fears. We’re just that unconscious to think that the things around us. You may choose to believe or not, choices that you make when deciding how your home will look can play a major role on how we behave, think, and feel.

About the Author

Donna Estrada is an editor for Scoopfed and a graduate of Bachelor of Arts in Journalism. She spends her time reading books and write-ups that are connected to Psychology and sometimes writes contents for Aviv Movers.


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