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Engage Your Five Senses at Home

Human beings are highly sentient beings. Science tells us that we feel most happy and enjoy an experience best when it involves most or all of our senses. If we want to truly feel happy and at home in our own house or elsewhere, consider stimulating all the senses for a heightened experience. Here are some simple tips on how to do exactly just that.


Human beings are highly sentient beings. Science tells us that we feel most happy and enjoy an experience best when it involves most or all of our senses. If we want to truly feel happy and at home in our own house or elsewhere, consider stimulating all the senses for a heightened experience. Here are some simple tips on how to do exactly just that.

Sight

People are most stimulated by visuals. Therefore use intentional interior designing and decorating to elicit the exact mood you prefer. You can use warm colors for your curtains, linen, etc. to create a feeling of homeliness, warmth or passion. Or try cool colors to give a sense of calm, serenity, and stability. You can also try contrasting colors or highlight bold accents with bright colors or draw attention to spaces with large furniture. The possibilities are endless.

Hearing

If you live in the countryside, nature is on your side. Keep windows opened to let it the beautiful chirping of birds, the rustle of leaves in the breeze, or the sound of cascading waters in a nearby brook. It’s more challenging if you live in the city or a noisy area. Try playing soft classical music during certain times od the day to set the mood. Nature or Zen music, although artificial, may help brighten the auditory mood too. If you are musically gifted, occasionally play the piano, guitar or any other musical instrument for your family.

Smell

If you love baking and cooking regularly, then your home will naturally smell of freshly baked cookies and bread. That’s very inviting, especially if you have guests around. Or if you are a coffee fanatic, the aroma of freshly brewed coffee is just as inviting. Otherwise, you can always try aromatherapy or strategically decorate the house with fragrant candles and potpourri.

Taste

Hmmm…if your home smells with freshly baked goodies and freshly brewed coffee, then you will definitely stimulate the taste buds of everyone around. So have some cookies ready for guests or your own family. Meal times and snack times that draws the family together is the best time to bond. If the weather is good, initiate barbecue party outdoors. Invite neighbors if you will. Good food always brings out the good in people.

Touch

As babies, we were all once very tactile, touching—not to mention putting in the mouth—everything we see. Even older kids are still the same. So have some toys or some musical instruments in some dedicated spaces around the house especially if you have children. You can also carpets in some rooms contrasting it with wooden floors or tiles in others. Alternate thin grainy curtains with thick velvety ones. Throw in some soft furry pillows on leather sofas. Rearrange furniture. Put oddly shaped door and cabinet handles and fixtures. Make it fun and unpredictable.

If you successfully pull all these off, you will have the most engaging home in the neighborhood that people would want to drop by and visit. Or most importantly, you will have a home that every family member, both young and old alike, would love to visit and come home to regularly. That is probably the best reason for putting all those efforts into your home.

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Jeff is a full-time family man by day and a multipotentialite by night. When not writing for Domobase, he's usually creating music, learning new skills, or working on his businesses till the wee hours of the morning.