Invite Some Good Luck Into Your Home
Many people believe that a few simple items can make your home luckier and bring you more wealth, happiness and health. Why not try a few in your home this year and see if more luck doesn't come your way?
Make work go more smoothly with a cat
Want a raise or promotion? Get a picture or figurine of a cat. It's one of the most famous symbols of prosperity in Asia, where images of cats are seen in almost all homes, stores and restaurants. A cat with a raised left paw is thought to attract helpful people, a raised right paw to attract money or good fortune.
Live longer with bamboo
Bamboo symbolizes youth in feng shui, because it's flexible and evergreen. And reportedly, the greater number of stalks you keep nearby, the more luck you'll have.
Enjoy greater harmony with an aquarium
Fish are considered very lucky in Asia; black fish are said to absorb and deflect negative energy in the home, while goldfish are said to attract money. It's also believed that, to generate the most benefit, use nine fish---eight golden and one black, and put the aquarium in your living room.
Feel more energy with a candle
The fire element is strongly associated with vitality in feng shui, so its common to place decorative candles in your home to invite good health and energy. Living with extra light in the house encourages you to have a longer, happier life. Also, research suggests that staring at a flickering candle flame can improve focus and concentration. Tip: in the bedroom, placing two candles side-by-side can reportedly even help strengthen your marriage.
Enhance your happiness with wind chimes
In feng shui, the tinkling of wind chimes symbolically announces the coming of good news. And hanging yours in a dark corner of a room can do even more: It can help keep positive energy---or 'chi'---moving freely throughout the space. Tip: for the best effect, use silver or metal chimes, which are said to magnify self esteem.
Attract money with a fruit bowl
Fresh fruit symbolizes riches in feng shui, so keep fruit in a basket on the kitchen table---the area most associated with abundance---to attract money and prosperity. The more colorful the better, because warm accent colors like yellow and red are said to boost your family's bounty. Tip: include oranges in the bunch; the words for orange and wealth sound alike in Chinese.
Other feng shui symbols you can incorporate into your home:
Chinese Horse for endurance, bravery and speed
Money toad for good fortune and prosperity
Chinese Ox for success and abundance
Chinese good luck coins for money and wealth (three coins tied together with a red ribbon)
Butterflies for transformation and love