Increase Your Happiness With Natural Light

Written by on September 22, 2012 in Health - No comments | Print this page


Have you been feeling depressed or rundown, but you cannot figure out why? Even if everything seems to be going well in your life, do you have a general feeling of unhappiness that you cannot seem to shake? If you are suffering from the blues for no specific reason, you may want to take a look at the type of lighting you surround yourself with.

Believe it or not, your surroundings can have a major impact on your mood. For example, if you surround yourself with negative people their unhappiness can cause you to be unhappy. If you live in a home that is an unorganized mess, this can make you feel anxious and worried. Another outside factor that can trigger a bad mood is lighting. Did you know that not getting enough natural light can actually cause depression? Well, it can and it does.

Studies have shown that people who do not get enough natural light throughout their day are actually more depressed than people who do. If you do not believe this to be true, here is something you can try. First, try sitting inside a room that doesn’t have a window, or doesn’t receive natural light for one reason or another. After a while you’ll probably notice that you have lost energy and you feel drained. Now, sit inside a room with windows that give ample natural light. Soon you’ll feel more refreshed and alive and you will probably feel happier than you did in the dimmer room. If you’re wondering why this is, it’s because you need the natural light that comes in through windows to feel happy.

Although studies have shown that people need a certain amount of natural light to feel more mentally balanced, not all light is created equal. For example, sitting in a room that is lit up by artificial light can have the exact opposite effect on your mood. Instead of improving your mood, artificial light can cause you to feel anxious and on edge. Also, excessive artificial light can hurt your eyes and cause headaches. While it may be necessary for you to receive the proper amount of light in order to feel happier, natural light like the kind that seeps in through windows is the only type of light that can accomplish this.

If you have been suffering from a case of the blues yet you cannot figure out what has triggered this mood, you need to take a serious look at your surroundings. One of the major contributing factors to your mood can be the type of lighting that surrounds you. Studies have shown time and time again that natural lighting of windows can be a contributing factor to the type of mood you are in. In order to help yourself stay happier and more mentally well balanced, you might want to consider spending more time in a room with windows that provide natural light.

This is a guest post.  Peter Wendt is an interior designer residing in the Austin-area.  He has been working with modern day homes recently and has seen how clients are valuing natural light more and more.  Click here to find the best homes that fit your personality.

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