Our home usually has piles of mail and homework on the counter, a collection of shoes kicked off in the corner of the living room, and even more insidious, a tangle of chargers, for phones, tablets, and computer lurking in the outlets. Remember Marie Kondo, the organizational guru? Kondo’s book, The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up , inspired a devoted following – at the center of her process, the idea that each item in your house should spark in you the feeling of joy. I love the idea that our homes should be filled with objects that bring us happiness or peace or fulfillment. Everyone in the household will benefit from the presence of objects that bring serenity and thoughtfulness to daily activity. For example, we have an Oem Mani Padme Hum singing bowl sitting on a windowsill. I thought I was the only one who used our singing bowl until one day I came upon my three year old son standing on a pillow, looking out the window at the trees, softly striking the bowl. He stood there for over ten minutes quietly (!!!) looking out the window and playing the bowl before jumping down and racing from the room. Whether we are conscious of it or not, we all need a moment away from the hustle and bustle of the day to tune back into and center ourselves. Scattering these moments of intentional joy throughout our homes is a way to give the gift of joy to our families and ourselves.