Feng Shui Homework: Work More Gratitude Into Your Home Decor

Franca Giuliani - Here in the United States, the fourth of July is a day of great reverence as we celebrate our nation’s independence. We are grateful.

Sometimes it takes a special holiday to remind us to be grateful. Normally, how often do we go through an ordinary day realizing all the things we are grateful for? Feeling the emotion of gratitude is very important, because it can really help our perspective on life. Remember, I always say that everything is energy. Well, the emotion of gratitude has a very high energetic vibration. The higher your energy vibrates, the better health and happiness you can enjoy.  

Awhile back, I asked one of my clients to walk me around her home and show me what she is grateful of or what illustrates gratitude. I think it was one of the toughest things she ever had to do. Needless to say, I gave her an incomplete for this assignment. Then, I tried a different approach. I asked her to show me objects that she is ungrateful for or depicts ungratefulness. Apparently, that was an easier project for her. She quickly grabbed my hand with enthusiasm and dragged me to her bedroom. With an utter look of vengeance, she pointed to her nemesis: her alarm clock. She then processed to tell me how much she hated that alarm clock. She hated how it looked, and more importantly she hated and was very “ungrateful” of the buzzer sound it makes. “But, it’s an alarm clock. I need it. What can I do?” she said.

“There’s a lot you can do,” I replied. (That’s when I also realized for this particular client, it was not a matter of making a lot of changes - but we could make at least one. This would get her started.) Together we did some research and found the perfect alarm clock for her. It had a choice of four light color displays (red, blue, yellow, and green), along with four choices of alarm sounds: actual ocean waves crashing on the beach, a bonfire of crackling wood, night critters sounds, and — both of our favorites — birds chirping in the early morning. So depending on how she was feeling, she could choose what color and sound she could wake up to.

About a month later, my client called me to say that she truly feels differently in the morning. Week after week, waking up to a beautiful sound and color had really changed her perspective. She no longer minds waking up to an alarm clock, because it is no longer “alarming” for her.She is grateful.

Feng Shui Homework

So, your homework for this month is as follows.

  1. Increase the emotion of gratitude in your space. 
  2. Walk around your home and your office. If you can’t find something you are truly grateful for, make a mission to add something that will remind you of gratitude.  
  3. Look for something that really bothers you –and change it!

How’s your alarm clock?

Does an empty wall bother you? Get a beautiful wall hanging that will remind you of gratitude.

Do you need to replace that tattered pillow on the sofa? How about getting one with an affirmation written on it?

How about your coffee mug? Are you grateful for how it holds your coffee?

Be creative and increase the physical presences of gratitude in your space for better health, happiness, and joy. And, more importantly, be grateful during the process.

With gratitude to our soldiers and their families,



Franca Giuliani
 is an environmental advisor, integrated feng shui consultant, and energy clearer whose inquisitive nature has led her down the path of the metaphysical world and related topics. Now Franca uses her expansive knowledge and experience to help individuals get their bearings and think differently about themselves and their space, enabling them to better plan for the future. 

She collectively uses a number of modalities to help people become aware of their environment, acknowledge it, and then help them begin to reach a better balance. Becoming aware of one’s environment and understanding why things are happening is the foundation to a possible transformation of life.

Franca has studied feng shui, energy clearing, and astrology for over nine years and continues to study under world-renowned instructors. A graduate of the Feng Shui Alliance School formerly in Edgewater, NJ, she holds a BFA from the Fashion Institute of Technology in New York and a certificate from NYU. Additionally, Franca studied in Antwerp, Belgium and graduated from a Feng Shui Society of the United Kingdom accredited program.

Franca practices and teaches courses on relevant topics. She's consulted and lectured within the New York metro area, as well as in Italy. Italy has been Franca’s second home since childhood. She considers herself an Italian aficionado and organizes tours throughout Italy where she can share her knowledge and passion for this amazing country.