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Creating Positive Environments for Home and Office
From the office cubicle to the executive penthouse suite and from apartments to mansions, people are trying to carve out spaces to call their own. Outside, the world may be a stressful place but inside these spaces, people strive to create positive environments where they can live and work happily and peacefully. It may seem like a fairy tale to some. However, for others, it is a way to survive many of the negative effects of stressful living.
In the book, Future Shock, Alvin Toffler prophesized that the speed at which technology would develop and be introduced would in the end overwhelm many people. He foretold a future where human's inability to keep up would cause stress and depression. Here we are over twenty years later and his words have come to pass. Even greeting card companies study the trends and in Karen Moore's book, You Can Write Creating Cards she cites these trends forecasted by lifestyle trend researchers that people would:
-make their homes more comfortable places in order to avoid the outside world.
-buy affordable little luxuries for themselves or for their homes.
-seek broader awareness of spiritual things.
-desire to be seen as unique and special.
-feel somewhat overwhelmed by responsibilities.
-like alternative medicines and holistic health.
-question belief systems of previous generations.
-be genuinely interested in caring for the environment.
So, how would one describe a positive place? Appealing? Attractive? Humans are complex beings, even if they cannot keep up with nanotechnology and super computers. For an environment to feel positive or attractive, it needs to be appealing to the senses, particularly - sight, sound, smell, or touch. The more senses that are stimulated simultaneously, the more appealing, attractive, and positive the situation is perceived. Any thing that detracts from that perception is usually judged as negative, instead.
Although some architects, space planners, interior designers, and Feng Shui consultants have been addressing the issue of creating positive environments over the past years, most of the general public is just beginning to investigate the possibilities. Ways to turn up the 'positivity' of a space, that appeal to one or more senses at time, might include:
-a fountain made of various materials.(sight-sound-touch)
-a contemporary, mixed media painting or sculpture.
(sight-touch-smell, if oil paints are used)
-chimes or bells.(sight, sound, touch)
-incense, potpourri, and aromatherapy.(smell, sight,touch)
-Plants and flowers. (sight, touch, smell)
Situations perceived by the brain as positive gives people a sense of well-being and happiness. When in this state, sometimes called euphoria, the domino effect occurs.
-People become open to more positive stimuli.
-Concentration and performance improves.
-Self-confidence and self-assurance soars.
-Handling stress becomes easier.
In today's environment, more and more people will be searching for ways to reduce stress. By creating positive environments, they will be able to do that no matter where they live or work. In doing so, how they live and work will be better, too.
Copyright 2005 Kathy Iwanowski. All Rights Reserved.
Kathy Iwanowski, a former cancer nurse and manager, creates art, speaks, and writes about creative living and work. Her articles, editorials, and reviews on art, business, creativity, and nursing subjects have been published in newsletters, ezines, and books in the United States.
To arrange for Kathy as a speaker for your next event or to find out more about her work, visit her website at http://www.kathyiwanowski.com
Antiques, Collectibles, & Memorabilia: Do You Know the Difference?
The world of antiques can be confusing. What's the difference between an antique and collectible? Aren't collectibles and memorabilia really the same thing? In this month's column, I'll de-mystify these terms, so that you'll be appropriately armed for your next antique adventure.
Goose Down Comforters - Warm, Cozy, and Lightweight
Who wouldn't want a goose down comforter and a pretty duvet cover to keep warm at night? There is nothing that holds your body heat in and keeps the cold out like goose down. Goose down comforters are made with the down sewn in baffles between specially designed fabric.
Making Your Home Blossom is Easy
Having trouble getting a room in your home to have that certain charm you're looking for? Searching for that perfect painting, sculpture, or table lamp can often be time-consuming, pricey, and/or lead to fights with your spouse. But, one simple and often overlooked way to add harmony to any room is with fresh cut flowers.
The Art Of Selecting Your Homes Art
Art should be personal. Selecting pieces that you really love should not be influenced by the color of the carpet or your couch.
An Introduction to Wood Stoves
Wood stoves are like small fireplaces. They are inexpensive and can be built into a home or added later.
A Look at Vending Massage Chairs
Vending massage chairs are coin-operated devices that can be found in many retail establishments across the country. Some of the most ideal locations for vending massage chairs are restaurants, airports, malls, hotels and hospitals.
The Benefits of Vertical Wood Blinds
Wood vertical blinds, a style of wood blinds falling vertically from valance to floor. They can provide much more insulation from extreme weather conditions than traditional horizontal wood blinds because they can be opened or closed either from one of the sides or from the middle.
Easy Dining Room Makeover
A dining room can be such a fantastic place to entertain, but it can easily be underused if you often eat in the kitchen or in front of the telly instead. Here are a few hints to make it a more special place to spend time?1) Adding a table cloth and a vase (a pint glass or milkbottle will do for that 'shabby chic' look that is very in at the moment) full of flowers (pick wild ones from your garden/balcony or pick a small bunch of something simple like freesias and gypsophila at your local florist/supermarket) adds instant homely atmosphere to a dining room.
Discount Bathroom Vanities
Discount bathroom vanities can be found in many places, some more unusual than others. You first must decide what discount means to you and how far your budget will stretch.
Feng Shui in Colours
How does choice of colour affect your feng shui?Colours and colour schemes are factors that are considered thoroughly in interior design. And so it is in feng shui, too.
Summertime Simplicity in Your Home Decorating
Here in the Northeast, summer is almost here. With hot humid weather approaching-it's already here in the southern part of the country-we can learn a few tricks from our grandparents.
A Guide to Bathroom Remodeling
There is a reason why many Hollywood actors keep their awards in their bathrooms -- all their guests will visit that room at some point, so why not put the trophies were everyone will see them? But even if you haven't won any Academy Awards, your guests will be still checking out you bathroom. A well-done bathroom remodeling can impress your guests and boost the value of your home.
Pizzazz Your Front Door and More!
Want your front door to really "sing?" Then paint it a color to make it the outside focal point of your home.Now, just what color would that be, you ask?Here's the way to know: Look at the color scheme you are using in your entry, living and dining room.
The Advantages of Ionic Exchange Water Softeners
It can be difficult to decide which method for softening hard water is best because there are a number of choices available. Cost of a water softener system - from $400 to $1,200 -- can be a factor, as well as how the water softener unit is set up, its size, and how much water it will soften before requiring maintenance.
Safely Decorating Your Kids Bedroom
? Wall Decorations:Never place a wall hanging, picture, poster, or any other decoration on the wall within the baby's reach. Remember that once the baby is able to stand and reach up these things can be hazards.
Aluminum Mini Blinds
Aluminum blinds are a low-cost and durable solution as a window treatment. They remain durable and easy to maintain regardless of humidity.
A Guide to Shower Curtains
Bathrooms do not always offer many opportunities to make style statements. Sure, you can paint the walls or change the flooring.
The Arts & Crafts Movement for Beginners
If you like clean, simple, oak furnishings, you're likely an Arts & Crafts aficionado. In this month's column, we'll talk about the history, the early champions and the variety of disciplines within the Arts & Crafts movement.
Make Your Own Fishing Decor from Fishing Gear
Decorating with old, used fishing gear is fun, creative and inexpensive. It's pretty easy to find unique fishing gear to use as decorating items for your log cabin or home.
Fast Solutions with Feng Shui
Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese art used in the home to create balance and harmony. Feng Shui Practitioners have many tricks of the trade used to get rid of negative energy and promote happiness, stability, affluence, tranquility and peace.
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