How do the people you live with influence how you live in your home? A wise man once said that you’re the average of the five people you spend most time with.
That man was Jim Rohn, an American entrepreneur and motivational speaker. And while his talent for public speaking shows in this much-quoted soundbite, he was certainly onto something. There have been numerous psychology studies around social influence and how powerfully swayed we can be by our subconscious need to conform to the actions or opinions of the majority.
We see this in our day-to-day lives: within our own friendship groups, we subconsciously emulate each other’s behaviours, attitudes and lifestyle, adopting similar turns of phrase, clothing choices and so on. So how does this relate to how consciously we live at home?
Whether or not we subscribe to Jim Rohn’s famous assertion, the implications of social influence are obvious for our intentions to live a more sustainable life. So, are you the one driving the influence in your household, or are you the one being influenced?
Here are three things you can do to be more aware of that influence:
Understand your potential for impact
Have you ever taken a moment to consider how the practices in your home came to be that way? The brands you use, the products that surround you, the way you live – who makes those decisions? Acknowledging a problem is a big step towards solving it, and simply being conscious of the fact that your own behaviour, both good and bad, can influence those around you is a positive first step.
Quite often the conscious choice can be more expensive or less convenient. Are those decisions being tolerated or embraced by the other members of your household? Discussing these things openly with the other members of your household is a great way to become more conscious about the way you live, and to check in with where everyone else in your home is at with sustainable living.
Encourage good new habits
We are all familiar with ‘swear jars’. How about extending the concept to ‘habit jars’ to instil new habits in your household - but with two jars: one to put something in when you do something good (such as mending something rather than throwing it away) and one for when you do something bad (such as forgetting to turn the lights off when you leave the house). You can use money or some other token, but the main point is to see the good jar filling up and the bad one hopefully not!
Kate & Louise
Co-founders now, sit down
At now sit down we were lucky that from the start our vision for the level of sustainability we wanted from our business was perfectly aligned across the team. That's why we went in early with our mission to be a B Corp, and we're really proud of our Pending B Corp status.
B Corps are all about balancing profit with purpose, and using our business as a force for good. Good for the environment, and good for the people we come into contact with. Ultimately, we hope that by doing right by people and the planet, we can also be a good influence on those around us.
Find out more about what we are doing to help everyone to #livecircular.