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Humans are animals that are greatly influenced by their environment and surroundings It is second nature for us to conform to what others expect of us in a particular setting While it is easy to see how the behavior of other people can influence our actions we are also influenced by the architecture that surrounds us In The Architecture of Happiness de Botton discusses how the built environment has the ability to direct us toward something de Botton 145 That is buildings serve as structures for our ideas and beliefs I realize that many of the buildings I have been surrounded with have affected me sometimes subtly The built environment is able to shape both the individuals and the groups of people who inhabit itThe first place that comes to mind when pondering important places in my life is my home Located north of Columbus in Powell Ohio it is a mainly red brick house tucked in a small neighborhood surrounded by woods Most homes are designed with rooms each meant for different functions and mine is no different The second floor is mostly bedrooms and bathrooms meaning that when I am on the second floor I am probably sleeping or brushing my teeth At the end of every day I will eventually arrive at the same spot with my head on the same pillow There is nothing special about my bedroom but I associate it with the beginning and end of each day A few years ago my family decided to create a man cave in our basement a fancy way of saying that we added a couch and television Naturally I spent a lot of time here especially on Sundays during the NFL season It might seem like a place only good for promoting laziness but it is more than that The basement serves as somewhat of an escape from the life above ground level As an introvert I valued my time on
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