A year go, when interiors author and TV presenter Michelle Ogundehin sat down to write her book, Happy Inside, she had no idea just how pertinent it would become. As the world stays home more and has time to think about their priorities, Michelle’s book answers many of the questions we are all facing: how to create a happy home, how to ‘clear, curate and contain’ at home and even how to eat, exercise and play to create a calm environment. With chapters titled ‘Gratitude’, ‘Balance’ and ‘Nurture’ the book explores how we can design, decorate and arrange our homes into retreats that not only look good but are good for the soul.
Michelle writes that to feel centred and happy, we also need to feel safe, secure and protected. Important concepts in today’s world, but her book also quotes Martin Seligman, one of the founding fathers of the positive psychology movement, on what we need to feel happy. Fascinatingly, the five key factors are all things we can achieve from our homes right here, right now:
1. Our ability to engender positive emotions
2. Engagement in activities that allow us to lose ourselves in the moment
3. The nature of our relationships with others
4. A sense of belonging to, and serving, something bigger than ourselves
5. Accomplishment, where achievement is pursued for its own satisfaction not exterior validation.
Happy Inside is nothing if not timely.
Happy Inside, published by Ebury, £18.99