NEWSFLASH: Buying a Home May Be One of the Best Ways to Achieve Happiness!
The pursuit of happiness... It's what we all seek isn't it? After all this ideal finds prominence in the founding document of our country thanks to Thomas Jefferson who borrowed from John Locke and changed property to "pursuit of happiness."
People try many things to try to find happiness. And there are many paths to achieving happiness. You may find it at church, at synagogue, on the sports field, or the dance floor. Some find it through charitable endeavours and others pathways include Zen meditation. Helping others, finding new and exciting challenges, life-long learning... any of these things can lead to a happy life.
It's been said that "Money Can't Buy Happiness!"
Well, last week I read an article called "8 Ways that Money Can Buy Happiness" and I concluded that buying a home for the reasons I'll cite below may just be a great way to help achieve happiness!
Why Buying a Home Can Make You Happy:
"Buy more experiences and fewer material goods." -- the article states that:
Asked which of the two purchases made them happier, fully 57% of respondents reported that they had derived greater happiness from their experiential purchase, while only 34% reported greater happiness from their material purchase.
What? You might say that a home is a material good! Whatch'a talking about Brian? And yes, technically a home is a material good -- it's made up of bricks and siding, a roof, plumbing, electrical systems, appliances, etc. However a home is much more than that. Homes are much more than the sum of their material parts. You make memories in your homes. You raise your families in your homes. You have good times (and bad) in your homes. You entertain, you wine, you dine.
Before you buy it, it's a house -- you have an inspection, you make sure everything's working, you negotiate a price. Once you've been living there, it becomes a home -- or the sum of all the experiences you have there. No wonder selling it can be such an emotional experience.
Ready for some happiness?
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