I stumbled upon this article and got me interested so I'll share it here:
One of the most significant things we can do for our families (and ourselves) is to create positive and happy memories. I’m not talking about Disneyland experiences—I'm talking about the simple every day joys that form lasting impressions in our minds. Through our homes, we have an opportunity to design an environment that connects us to the blessings of life and provides positive reminders of special moments. We are building memories, not just homes. Home design takes on new meaning when we realize the potential of the process!
Colors, furnishings and lighting are significant to creating beauty, but designing a home that will enhance who we are is about creating connections between what we see or do in our home and what we want our brain to remember. Stick with me here, it is not as complicated as it sounds! Meaningless decorations are simply pretty to look at. Decorations or objects that have significance or are connected to an experience become portals to happy memories, create a sense of contentment in life and even shape our character.
So, how do we create a lifetime of memories? Here are just a few of the ways:
LIVE LIFE ON PURPOSE
SAVOR ORDINARY MOMENTS
Often times it is the rituals in life—activities that we repeat over and over—that can mean the most to us. Pick just a few simple traditions and stick with them. Personal and family rituals create a sense of peace, belonging and security in life. If you're looking for one, here are a few suggestions that might be a good fit for your family:
- Make your own pizzas on Friday nights
- Plant a garden and care for it daily
- Use special dishes at dinnertime to celebrate achievements
- Sing a silly song to wake everyone up in the morning
- Play board games on Saturday nights
- Take walks after dinner
- Do family devotions together
- Hold family meetings once a month
- Share spiritual goals for the day while eating breakfast
- Pray with your kids before sending them off to school
ENGAGE YOUR SENSES
Scents are powerful reminders of special times and places. Plant lilacs in your backyard where your kids play, or burn a favorite candle to establish your home’s scent.
UTILIZE MEANINGFUL DÉCOR
Creating a memorable life doesn’t have to be expensive or time consuming. The art of memory making is the process of living in the moment, finding joy in the ordinary, and savoring precious blessings.
This was originally posted at CWO Magazine