The house, source of happiness: the advice that experts forget

There is an Israeli American university professor, Tal Ben-Shahar, who successfully gives talks around the world explaining what are the tips that we must observe to be happier and enjoy the physical and mental health that this state of mind entails to people and societies.
Among the tips that Tal Tal points to, we find obvious things, interesting things and some surprising details. It is obvious that exercising every day, feeding properly and being kind to others helps to forge a Feliciano temperament.

Photographs of TR House, project of PMMT Arquitectes, Technal prize, photos Pedro Pegenaute courtesy Technal.

It is interesting to know that it also helps to be assertive, to spend money on experiences and not on things and to face face challenges. What is more surprising of these thirteen tips that the author gives us is that which refers to comfortable footwear as one of the recipes to achieve this degree of interior satisfaction to which we all have a right, once basic needs are met. Squeezing shoes, of course, are not a good principle to undertake the day with the goal to be happy.
I find it slightly disturbing that an expert on the subject of happiness down to the ideological chasms of the feet to find the enemy to fight. Will it have any interest in benefiting the shoemakers lobby if there is this lobby in the bulky American political system? Will it be the product of a bad experience with a bunion?

Our dear friend, the successful speaker, has forgotten to include in his thirteen councils a source of essential happiness, inexhaustible and inescapable as is the home. A cozy home that does not press the feet, the back or the mind. A space to live alone or in pleasant company, comfortable and bright where we feel ourselves better than anywhere else. In fact, this description coincides with the objectives of the first designers of the modern home, the Eames couple, who made their own home an example of harmony and good taste. Look where, we have already found a direct link between design and happiness.


When an interior designer talks with his clients to find out what they need in their new residence or in the reform of the former, what it does is an analysis of the factors of environmental happiness that will provide them. In their hands are the elements that, wisely combined, will become the scenery of a love film with a happy ending every day, at night, when the light goes out.


The well-equipped and decorated house increases our happiness; we do not have the slightest doubt. We generously offered the advice of the fourteen to the experts because, surely, they lacked something and did not quite find it.
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