EPISODE 367: A Home that Loves You

Your home and workspace affect your mood, your sleep, your productivity, and your feeling of belonging, but how much time have you spent to make them truly serve you? For most of us, we’re stuck working in a random office environment, and we might not even be able to control our living space as much as we’d like. The feeling you get is subjective, of course, but there is an emerging science that teaches us fascinating universal truths about what makes a great space. On this week’s show, you’ll meet an environmental psychologist who has made this her life’s work.

What You’ll Learn:

  • How “prospect” and “refuge” tendencies affect our preferred seat at the table (or desk!)
  • Why 50 percent of the human population lives near water, and why we respond so positively to bodies of water
  • How to take a BALANCED (biophilia, atmosphere, layout, amenities, noise, cohesion, energy, and design) approach to home design
  • Simple ways to look for and plan the spaces you occupy

ABOUT OUR GUEST

Lily is an environmental psychology consultant, writer, and researcher. Lily’s first book is The Shaping of Us: How Everyday Spaces Structure Our Lives, Behaviour, and Well-Being. She regularly speaks at forums such as Clerkenwell Design Week, the London Festival of Architecture, and OpenHouse Worldwide. Her work and writing have been featured in The Guardian, BBC Capital, Architecture Today, the London Evening Standard, and The List.

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