5 Unexpected Things Happy People Have in Their Kitchens

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Oh, you’re not interested in getting happier? Of course you are! Here are five things you might not have considered that could make a real difference in your day-to-day satisfaction in your kitchen.

Just think, you could be happier by tonight!

1. A mess

Happy people know how to live in the moment and they know that obsessing over a mess is just no fun. Sure, there are times when you have to buckle down and get things clean, but those times can wait until the fun is over. There’s no need to fret about making a mess while you’re having a party, doing a craft project, or cooking a huge meal. The chores will get done eventually and in the meantime, you’re really living.

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2. Supplies to engage in a hobby

People who have a hobby tend to be more satisfied and happy because they get to spend time doing a relaxing activity they enjoy. It’s so nice to come home from work or take an hour away from doing chores on the weekend to focus on something that is purely for you and for fun. It’s not about the hobby — it’s about the act of prioritizing yourself and your happiness. If you love to bake, figure out a way to store the necessary supplies — even if your kitchen is tiny.

Related: Fitting a Hobby into a Small Home at Apartment Therapy

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3. A hand-me-down

At first glance a hand-me-down may seem like a placeholder, a thing you got for free that you’ll keep until you can afford something better. Not so. Hand-me-downs have something going for them that no new piece ever can: history. What do I see when I look at my grandmother’s plates? Chips and an old-fashioned pattern, sure, but I also remember all the great meals I’ve eaten at my grandma’s house and that makes me happier than anything.

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4. A plant or three

You don’t need science to tell you that a green thing in your home makes you feel more relaxed and happy. Is it all that CO2 being converted to oxygen? Perhaps. Maybe it’s the feeling of caring for a living thing? Sure. We just know that plants are always a good idea for a calm and happy home.

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5. An almost-used-up luxury

Why almost used up? Because it’s evidence that you’re enjoying it! What’s the point of splurging on nice dish soap or a quality bottle of olive oil if you’re only going to store it away? Happy people know that treating themselves to simple little pleasures every day is a big step towards all-the-time satisfaction. Go ahead and use the thing you’ve been saving for a “special occasion.” That day is today.

This post originally ran on Apartment Therapy. See it there: 5 Unexpected Things Happy People Have in Their Homes

Well, tell us, what makes you the happiest at home?