Home Meets Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs
Psychologist Abraham Maslow (1943) believed that every human has an innate desire to fulfill their greatest potential and become self-actualized, in other words, to live a YOU-Inspired life. He researched what makes people happy and the motivating factors we all face as we grow through life. In one of the best-known theories of motivation, he defined a hierarchy of needs that he believed every human must climb in order to achieve self-actualization.
Here, I provide the argument that your home provides so much more than meeting the basic physiological need for shelter.
Your home has the ability to support you
in every step to achieving self-actualization!
1) Physiological Needs
Shelter: Your home is your shelter, the place that protects you from the elements and provides a place for rest. Your home fulfills this most basic need of human existence, and for that we can be grateful, but is that where it ends? It’s easy to overlook the potential of what HOME can do to enhance and support our lives beyond just being the shelter we return to and exist in day in and day out.
2) Safety Needs
Personal Security: Your home houses your loved ones and contains all your personal belongings. It has a lock and key that allows you to feel safe when you’re inside and offers you the assurance that your family and belongings are safe while you’re away.
Employment: Due to the pandemic there has been a drastic shift in the way people conduct business. More people are working from home than ever before. Though your house may not be the source of your employment, for many people the home has become the location where they conduct their business or perform their work. Being able to work from home has added an element of job security in a way that had not been realized previously.
Health: Few people realize the impact their home has on their health. One of the fortunate outcomes from the pandemic is the open conversation about quality of indoor air and how an effective ventilation and dehumidification system filters out many contaminants, thereby improving the health of your home. Access to outdoor spaces and sunlight is another way your home can drastically improve your health. Building materials without toxins, paints without VOC’s and practices for air-tight sealing that reduces the occurrence of molds are other options for the health conscious.
Property: The property you choose can bring safety through many avenues. Being mindful of noise, traffic, cellphone towers, high tension power lines, and the availability of outdoor privacy will help you choose property that makes you feel safe, healthy and happy. The natural setting of the property will provide great views and a buffer zone around your home. Property in a neighborhood with great neighbors offer a feeling of community, enjoyment and safety.
3) Love and Belonging
Friendship: Your home is where the dinner parties happen, the evening cocktail on the back porch with your best friend, and that bonding conversation with your son or daughter. Home is where your old friends FINALLY come to visit after they’ve talked about it for years and where your local friends drop by completely unannounced. Your home is able to support and enhance your friendships by creating spaces that are conducive for closeness.
Intimacy: A home that provides safety and privacy is instrumental to a romantically intimate relationship. Since intimacy doesn’t always pertain to romance, perhaps a room dedicated to your passion or art will help you develop deeper intimacy with this aspect of your life and the people you share your passion with.
Family: Your home houses your immediate family and, often times, extended family for holidays and other occasions. Your home has the ability to support family life by creating personalized spaces for everyone residing in the home and by creating gathering spaces for all members to feel welcomed. And let’s not forget about our furry family! Spaces designated for our pets help them feel loved and cared for, too.
Sense of Connection: A home that is designed with plenty of spaces for gathering will allow you to connect with others when they visit. Private nooks, reading spaces, meditation/prayer rooms, and entire rooms dedicated to your passion or interests will allow you the alone time that’s needed to check in with oneself and feel truly connected within.
Respect: You have more respect for yourself when you have achieved your goal of creating a home that makes you feel good to come home to.
Self Esteem: You feel good about yourself when you feel good about your home. You want a home that you’re excited and happy to return to, which helps support a life that you’re excited to live.
Status and Recognition: You become the status symbol when you create a home (and LIFE) that is inspired by you. You will be recognized by others as a person who lives a fully expressed YOU-Inspired life!
Freedom: When you have a home that anchors you, you’re able to move about the world more freely, knowing that you will return to the one place that always feels like home.
When your home is designed to be an extension of you, you feel deeply connected to the person you’ve created yourself to be. Every room is a representation of your soul, your dreams, desires, and self-expression; creating space for your passions and the activities that make you FEEL authentically you. You move through your home effortlessly as though you are in a synchronized dance with the structure around you. The positive energy in your home encourages the forward momentum in your pursuit of life fulfillment. A YOU-Inspired life goes hand-in-hand with a YOU-Inspired home, and both are required to achieve self-actualization.
Read more in Enrich Your Soul at Home!
We at Pippin Home Designs feel that it’s our calling to use our skills in Residential Home Design as the conduit through which clients are able to achieve self-actualization. Nothing brings us greater satisfaction than seeing our clients’ lives blossom into a deep state of joy, ease, inspiration, and abundance.
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