Why relaxing is so much work.
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The psychology of design: How to create an environment in which you will thrive
Sally Augustin Ph.D.
Sharing a plane, train, bus, or any sort of vehicle with others can be a challenge. Environmental psychology tells us why and suggests remedies.
Considering design options? Carefully weigh the effects of curving and straight lines.
Learning from today to live better tomorrow.
You can make your home office work for you and feel better working at home.
Smells influence the thoughts you think.
Adding smart tech? Be thoughtful, plan carefully.
Use design to help with "time blur."
Carefully consider changes you make to where you live and work. Design psychologists have found that too many changes can lead to lots of unhappiness.
Selecting the right surface colors is easier with science.
Design can be good for our waistline.
Why looking at images of nature can help you feel better.
Lace on your walking shoes. Taking a stroll is good for both your mental and physical health.
Go with a green. You'll be glad you did!
What's behind us during electronic conversations matters.
Difference-aware design helps more people live their best lives.
Add a nature soundtrack to your home and/or office to decompress and refresh.
Visible wood grain makes our lives better.
Science can help you feel good through design.
Indoor plants can help you live the life you've planned.
Light indoors can boost your wellbeing, or not.
Having options, and using them, is a very, very good thing.
Master what you see to manage what you feel.
Natural light flowing into our homes has positive consequences, for our minds and our bodies.
Ambient temperature has a significant effect on how we think and behave.
Trying to decide if you should remodel? Consider all of a renovation's potential ramifications.
Should you select the paisley-like wallpaper or the rectilinear option? It depends.
Should you knock down the walls inside your home, or add some?
An evolving challenge: Being on time.
Arguing about design with a partner? Research can help explain how some disputes arise.
Burbling brooks. Gently rustling leaves. Serene birdsongs. Add their sounds to your life—and live better.
Sally Augustin, Ph.D., is an environmental psychologist and the author of Place Advantage: Applied Psychology for Interior Architecture.
People, Places, and Things explores humans' psychological relationship with their physical world and the objects in it.