Clarity is… aesthetic

I went to a new cafe to write.  This place accomplished soothing all five senses. Our aesthetic environment creates clarity.

The quiet little coffee shop was beautifully created. The lighting complimented work, without offending the eye. The sound of soft playing news was on, but not so loud that it was a distraction from the flow of the work. The pleasant odor of essential oils hinted at a calming of one’s thoughts. There was an infusion of cheerful colors found in nature.

Someone was clearly thinking about all our senses, not only the product they sell. That should be the goal of any and all businesses. Our ambiance matters to our interpretation of the world.

Cultural sensitivity gives us a variety of choices in how we perceive the world. I know for example, that when my child was in training to become an exchange student, we were told about all of the sights, sounds, smells, temperatures, and tastes, as valuable as the cultural customs or language development. She was informed by other students and other Rotarian’s who had been to those specific countries. Then, choices were made based on that.

Aesthetic preference

When we surround ourselves with what brings us joy, or soothes our thoughts, calms our nerves, we know. It’s sometimes subtle. Sometimes, we need motivation and inspiration. Either way, when we appreciate how our senses are impacted by our environment, we have a better ability to be present in the moment of our own lives.

The nuances of that means that we have the ability to consciously choose. Our thoughts. Our decisions. Our own happiness  in our hands.

Another coffee house, on another day, a louder environment. The chairs less comfortable. The place was crowded, filled with less appealing noise, sights, sounds. A woman sat behind me, speaking loudly to her companion, disregarding anyone else’s comfort. She was eating and talking at the same time. I instantly felt frustrated, angry, and put out by this invasion. Instead of getting upset, I made the conscious decision to leave, rather than stay in a miserable environment.


When we’re comfortable and familiar in our environment, we feel more focused, more at peace, or more charged up in the process. Some companies truly understand this fusion of sense-tapping. We know that aesthetics are powerful elixirs for what ails us. They are also powerful influencers in our decisions, our moods, and our thoughts. Tapping into your senses helps us to become mindful of our emotion regulation.

To be clear in what we are sensing, we share a love of the higher emotional connection to ourselves, and to others.
When surrounded by compatible aesthetics, we have the best opportunity to thrive.


About the Author: Karen Henry Daly is a positive psychology practitioner, blogger, author and speaker. She is a coach/consultant who writes both fiction (Daly) and non-fiction(Henry) about loving one’s best life, thriving, recovery and post traumatic thriving. Positive Aging Coach “We’re ALL aging! If we’re lucky”.



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