The happy place that I write about is not meant to be a physical place, but rather a place of inner joy and peace. Nevertheless, there are physical locations that seem to draw us to that inner place. Many of us think about places in nature, for example, like the ocean or the mountains. But today I realized that I have happy places in my house as well.
Lately, my favorite place in the house has been my daughter’s former bedroom. After she moved into a different room, I started using the room as a writing room. A folding card table and chair were all I needed at first. Then I moved in some bookshelves. A couch and reading lamp. Once I realized that I was spending so much time in there, I moved the canary from my bedroom to the new room, so that I had pleasant company.
Today, I was sitting on the couch reading, with a cup of tea, listening to the canary sing, watching the birds on the feeder outside the window in the rhododendron bush. The window was open and a warm September breeze drifted in. I was filled with a deep sense of well-being and I realized that I almost always feel that way in this room. I love the old rug, and the soft color on the walls. When I’m in this room, my spirit smiles.
I love my home, all of it, but this room is a special place, my home version of a happy place.
When you are at home, where do you like to hang out? Do you have a special happy place at home?
10 Steps to Finding Your Happy Place (and Staying There) is a program to help us develop habits to grow a joyful spirit. Many of us sabotage our happiness by habits that we might not even be aware of. Identifying and changing these habits can build a reservoir of well-being to enhance our happy times and sustain us during challenging times.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
Happy Place -- Home Version
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I guess all of us have our own happy places in our homes, though some prefer going out and find their inspiration there.
I love the couch in my own bedroom that's where I do most of my writing. Or else it's in our porch area just near the garden where I've a small writing table on one side, for the time when I need nature to inspire me to write. :)
I guess any place where we feel comfortable is what works well, and for me it's always been home.
Thanks for sharing. :)
Harleena, Like you, I have many happy places in my home. It's interesting, isn't it, that you and I both like the places where we write! Thanks for commenting.Delete
I feel that every place that we spend more time - like our offices / homes we do have our own special corners/ places which make us feel happy.
I have one such place at my home, which is my room... It is surrounded by loads of family pictures on the wall and I simply love being there. It makes me feel I am surrounded by all of them..their love and warmth. :)
Me, The first time I walked into my home when I was house hunting, I saw all the family pictures of the woman who owned the house before me. I felt like I was walking into her family. The house immediately felt like home and I bought it right away. That was over twenty years ago and it still feels like home. Thanks for commenting.Delete
Funny that you mention this, as I am in the process of reopening what once was my office, and most happy place (seriously, my desk too) which are also plenty in our house! It will be my new studio! The room has it's own entry way outside to a smaller deck, and it has a built in bar(antique bar from our town's old pavilion) which will do just wonders for all my artwork! We've done a lot of that switching around too, and it seems each new beginning of a room tends to shed some of the past joys as well. Happy places are important!ReplyDelete
Karen, Your new studio sounds so inviting. I hope you will post some photos of it, if you haven't already. (I need to pop over and catch up with you!) Thanks for commenting.Delete
Happy places can also be a physical place. My bedroom where I spend most of the time writing, reading, watching TV, listening to music while my beagle sleeps in peace right next to me is my happiest place. I can be myself there, laugh, cry and yes there is a sense of peace and well being in this room. Lovely reading you as always, Galen.ReplyDelete
Rimly, I like my bedroom, too! Thanks for commenting.Delete
My front porch..does that count? I LOVE where I live...sometimes to the point that I think "I need to go somewhere" but I don't want to leave...what a problem to have..ha!ReplyDelete
Of course front porches count! I'm like you--there is no other place I want to be, except sometimes at my cabin. Thanks for commenting.Delete
I love our downstairs guest room which is the only room in the house decorated specifically to my taste. It has soothing colors and just a touch of Victorian. I call it the "quiet room" and it is where I go to be surrounded by my journals, books, family photographs and quiet music. When I close the door I feel completely alone and at peace.ReplyDelete
Suzanne, I like that, a quiet room. I guess this is my quiet room. Thanks for your comment.Delete
My favorite spot is our wraparound porch. Living for so long up North, I was only able to use the porch a few months out of the year. Now, I can enjoy it nearly year round! I love to hear the birds and smell all the flowers and watch the dogs play in the yard, so I grab my laptop and head out. Sometimes I just grab my lap! I have books all over our home about sleeping porches, front porches, etc. Nothing beats watching a bird build it's nest or a flower open for me. It's a very happy place. Enjoyed this post.
Kathy, Oh, I love wraparound porches. There are several lovely ones in my neighborhood. I have a tiny front porch that sits next to the dining room. It is very pleasant, but small. Then I have a patio in the back yard which is also nice. The old homeplace where my mom grew up has a sleeping porch. My cousins and I slept there many a night. Thanks for commenting.Delete
I love my whole house. In trying to answer this i feel like I cannot eliminate one section. They all fill me with this kind of pleasure! That's for making me remember this appreciation!ReplyDelete
Jodi, I love my whole house, too! Each room has it's own joy. So I don't think we have to eliminate any part of our home. I just wanted to focus on one of many happy places! Thanks for commenting.Delete
Whenever I step into my bedroom, I feel so peaceful and at ease, but I have other "happy places", too - my computer corner and our back deck. Come to think of it, my entire home makes me happy. I feel so blessed to live where we do.ReplyDelete
Great post, Galen!
Martha, I love my bedroom, too, and especially my bed. When I've been out of town, I love getting back to my bed. In the morning, I like to lie awake for a little while and look out the window before I get up. I feel blessed, too. Thanks for commenting.Delete
Depending on the time of year, my happy place is either the back porch when the weather is cooler, or my office with my guitar, computer, and ham radios. When Betty and my daughter are both home, the living room, with us watching a favorite movie while Bailey the dog curls up on a lap, would qualify.ReplyDelete
I know the room you are talking about and understand completely why that (or your little front porch) would be where you gravitate. Enjoy!
Bob, That's true. My favorite place can change with the seasons. Like right now, my favorite place is in the recliner watching football--ha! Glad you can recognize the room I'm describing. Thanks for commenting.Delete
So sweet! I have a favorite spot in each room in our home, Galen, with a little footstool nearby. I love it when my son or husband sit nearby and tickle the soles of my feet. :D Absolutely blissful. We also work well - each of us in our sweet spot in the room where we spend time together. I love our easy relationship, cozy and happy.ReplyDelete
Vidya, I have a favorite spot in each room, too. I love your description of yours! Thanks for commenting.Delete
This was a lovely post. I knew immediately what my favorite spot is in our home. I liked that you chose your daughter's room. My favorite place is our small front room. The view from the window is sweet. My piano is in there and I love playing it. I also love to sit and read in that room. I have some very special pictures on the wall. One is of Christ visiting the sick and the other is a picture of the Temple my husband and I were married in. There is peace in that room.ReplyDelete
You room discription was warm and inviting.
LeAnn, A room full of peace is bound to be a happy place. Thanks for sharing the description of yours. And thanks for commenting.Delete
I do indeed have my favourite corners in our flat. Such as the living room sofa and my bed. Yeah, you got those right, both are things I can nap on. lol Joking aside, though, indeed a very nice post and topic. I enjoyed this. Thank you.
Dave, One of my favorite places at my cabin is the recliner where I often take a nap when I first arrive to transition from city busy-ness to cabin quiet. Thanks for your kind words.Delete
I really love my office space. We just painted it a few months ago I am all moved in. My poetry books and my dream books are all right behind me on the shelf, the walls are blue and it is full of me. What else could a girl want? A room of her own...sigh...ReplyDelete
Nicole, If it's full of you, it must be marvelous. Thanks for commenting.Delete
There's a long sofa in our living room. When I lie down there, my cat Larisa finds me quickly, and she lies down as well. I read there, too, backlit by a "barnyard theme" lamp. And sometimes in the evening, my husband and I watch a Netflix show. It's like the sofa is waiting for me to relax.ReplyDelete
Linda, I used to love snuggling with my dog Sadie on the sofa here at home or in the recliner up at my cabin. Inviting furniture and an animal to share it with is definitely a happy place. Thanks for commenting.Delete
I'm looking forward to creating new happy spaces in my new home.ReplyDelete
I have a neat little balcony, I'll be sure to make it cozy.
I remember one of the first books I read to get myself out the rat-race mode and to focusing on what's important was this book " Creating a Charmed Life" by Victoria Moran - it's a good book that makes you think and even do to help oneself live a more 'present' existence.
B M, Thanks for the tip on the book--I'll check it out. And a new home to make happy. Congratulations! Thanks for commenting.Delete
I have got to say it's my kitchen. Since I was a child all the women in the family gathered in the kitchen to talk and bake at the same time. The youngest children had to stay in the kitchen with the women as the men were all hanging out in the workshop or barn. Thank you for bring this memory back to me. Hope you have a great day.ReplyDelete
Bonnie, Kitchens are great, aren't they? Whenever I have people over, we all end up in the kitchen! Thanks for your comment.Delete
Sounds like this room has the perfect feng shui! I love my bedroom the best. It's nice to have a cozy place.ReplyDelete
Sandra, I like my bedroom, too, especially my bed. A wonderful place to wake up every morning and greet the new day.Delete
I love my whole house,and I use cleaning each room or area as a gratitude meditation for what a lovely spot this is.ReplyDelete
When the world was too overwhelming and I was being asked to care for so many other people's children...I home schooled my own children because they were home for such a short time in their lives and they were the people I wanted to be most with and spend time with...this made me happy and when I look back at this part of my life, it overall radiates a joy.
We all helped build this space...each daughter celebrated her space in her own bedroom - penguins in an igloo; parrots, frogs and butterflies in a jungle setting, and cats on a white fence with clematis purple walls and the moon and stars everywhere - twilight ( not the books)
We even have a meditation room, big claw foot bathtub, and Renoir's garden for wall paper and I found a CD player to add music to the space. Think secret garden...
Every window is a painting worth staring at...and then they are designed to keep the fresh air moving through and cooling
Next year the house will be 100 years old the remodel 22 and the energy efficiency startling....
We are almost in the heart of downtown...
With my computer handy and so many lovely spots...I am amazed at how contented and happy I am when home.
Patricia, I love my whole house, too. Each room has its own energy, and even different places with each room do, too. Like you, I am so content to be at home. I love walking up my front walk to the door and stepping inside.Delete
I don't exactly have a special place in the home. I tend to move around. What I do find special is the space which I have allocated for meditation during that special hour. It can be in the bedroom or living room. The peace within and in the surroundings is enough to make me feel happy :-)ReplyDelete
Evelyn, That's interesting that you have different places for meditation. I tend to use the same place in the house. Maybe I will try some new places!Delete
I dream of having such a cozy place. For now, I'm in a small apartment that I am quickly outgrowing. In lieu of a dedicated cozy space like yours, sitting in bed with my laptop is my favored and favorite writing spot. For moments to reflect, I go home to my Mom's house and walk in the woods where I grew up. Being in the heart of nature always calms me. I do hope to have that cozy home space in the future. :)ReplyDelete
Dawn, I am always at peace in the woods. I love mountains and forests and creeks. Maybe I was a deer or a mountain goat in a previous life!Delete
Well... obviously one of my Happy Places to find Refuge, Rest and Inspiration would be here in the Land of Blog so my Computer Room serves that Purpose quite nicely here at the Ole' Homestead. *Winks* But my Garden would come a close second. I really Love my Home and so there are several of the Rooms that make me feel at Peace, well... when they're tidy, organized and clean that is... which is easier said than done with so many living in a household that don't always leave it in a Zen condition. *Le Sigh*ReplyDelete
Blessings from the Arizona Desert... Dawn... The Bohemian
Dawn, It's interesting that many commenters are appreciating the place where they are on the computer. I'm going to reflect on that a bit. I love my garden, too.Delete
What a nice post, Galen Pearl. By the way, my mother's name was Pearl. I love my current home too. Whenever I move into a new home I ALWAYS chant, play music, ring chimes or bell - addition to cleaning with essential oils - to move negative energy. And every seasonal change I de-clutter and clean thoroughly. Presently, my bedroom is my fave. Also the kitchen. I am happy your daughter's room brings you much joy. Cheers!!ReplyDelete
bobby, I love the name Pearl and always wanted to name one of my daughters Galen Pearl. I never did, so when I decided to use a pen name, that one was waiting for me. I guess it was always meant to be my name!Delete
Galen Pearl is a pretty name. Cheers!!ReplyDelete
I never realized I loved my house before having to leave it. I don't have my own place now and it doesn't feel nice at all. It's now that I really get how important it is to have a place to stay.ReplyDelete