Smart Homes and Domestic Wellbeing: What has been lost?

Body is our intimate home. Although it may be contained within various spaces only in home location meets the self’s most primordial need for belonging as to provide an orientation for one’s actuality. According to Blumen, Fenster and Misgav the body is where one's sense of self dwells, develops and negotiates and the prime site where the meaning of “feeling at home” is sensed and comprehended.

Architecture in Between: Social Change and Happiness

As architecture relates to community culture and social values, highness or degradation of latter aspects and the impact of their variables on society affect greatly the quality of domestic comfort as an influential factor in human lifestyles, wellbeing, and happiness. Incentives or stimuli producing individual and collective happiness on the scale of home architecture and urban life are intrinsically related to many intimate values and beliefs of, precisely, social cohesion, interaction, respect for family privacy, status of women and the opportunity of encounter and mutual assistance, among others.

Does working from home lead to increased happiness?

This paper is a conceptual one and it proposes to investigate whether working from home (WFH) leads to increased happiness. Since most of us spend a great deal of our lives working, it is inevitable that work plays a key role in shaping our levels of happiness. Employees want to have work that they perceive as meaningful. On the other hand, it must be admitted that meaningful work can turn out to be all-consuming.

Positive parenting in Covid-19 times

At first, the irruption of Covid-19 was labelled as a great equalizer. The virus does not discriminate between rich and poor. The discourse was quite shared: we are all exposed, we are all vulnerable, we must all be confined. It took a few weeks to see that this statement was terribly false. The first lesson has certainly been that we are all vulnerable. The second lesson has been that, among the most vulnerable their vulnerability grew even more at least in three aspects: access to school (Beaunoyer, Dupéré and Guitton, 2020), work (Irlacher and Koch, 2020), and health (van Dorn, Cooney, and Sabin). However, it seems that this health had also implications for families as well, especially regarding communication, support, and organization (Cluver et al. 2020).

The Home: A Creative Laboratory during Covid-19

Despite the numerous studies that explore the potential of dwelling, the impact of the home on quality of life, well-being and happiness of men justifies renewed and ever more in-depth research in this area. This study aims to examine the domestic environment in relation to a particular existential condition: the crisis, in order to show how the experience of pain can become a means to creativity and generativity. In fact, borderline situations are known to often be the prerequisite for the flourishing of new ways of expressing oneself.

Home after/during/around the Pandemic of Individualism

When Anthony Giddens wrote that the late modern societies do not feel safe anymore because of the rising level of risk of transmitting diseases on a global scale among other risks connected with the so called globalization, he could not really envision the scale of the coronavirus pandemic, which is now changing the lives of virtually everyone in the world.

Home activities and happiness: assessments based on meeting points between HR retention practices and stages of happiness

Happiness has been studied from a wide range of different approaches: psychology, psychiatry, philosophy, sociology, economic, among others (David, Boniwell & Conley Ayers, 2014). Since Fisher (2010) happiness at work (HAW) has growing in importance among organizational academics, and nowadays it is becoming increasingly important for human resource management research (Salas-Vallina & Alegre, 2018). Happier employees report better outcomes than less happy employees (Wright et al., 2002; Salas-Vallina et al., 2020).

Working women and work-family conflicts: is working from remotely the key to striking a better balance between mutually intersecting roles?

Technological advances have allowed for numerous working activities, traditionally performed in a pre-determined venue, to take place from remotely, including the home. Additionally, digitalization offers the opportunity for workers to adjust their working patterns by more flexible working schedules, thus potentially enhancing time-management.

Working from home: Clothing choice and happiness

In response to these recent unprecedented developments, this paper will investigate what drives the decision to wear particular clothes when working from home, and how this links to productivity and overall happiness.

On Making Artificial Intelligence (AI) Work for the Smart Home

AI has the potential to create a plethora of opportunities for anyone, seeking knowledge, by helping to solve some vexing and frustrating problems plaguing humankind. I propose a roadmap that makes AI purposefully productive for the longest-lasting advantage of the work of the home.