6 Things That Bring Serenity to Any Room (Beyond Candles)
Zen gardens, natural light and gauzy fabrics aren't the only ways to create a home where you can truly unwind.
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A Bright Spot
Oh, to have gigantic windows and skylights. That may not be the reality for most of us, but with a few extra lamps—including an overhead light set to a dimmer switch—and boosting the lights so they're brightest at mid-day, when the sun is at its brightest, could help you feel better (and create a home that looks like this
). An October 2013 study in the Journal of Advanced Nursing
found that hospital patients who were exposed to low levels of light 24 hours a day were more fatigued and reported higher pain levels than those who stayed in rooms with lights that adjusted
. With just 40 people surveyed, there's no guarantee that brighter days and darker evenings will improve your health, but it may be worth testing out for yourself.