So I was listening to one of my favorite podcasts with great content about living your best life (Behind the Brilliance) which featured an interesting conversation with a behavioral finance expert who spoke on the relationship between money and happiness. According to research once a person reaches an income level beyond $75,000 their level of happiness plateaus. But what really sadden me was the statement that once you buy a new car or a home the level of happiness and satisfaction with the purchase quickly fades. In particular the expert shared his personal feelings about purchasing his own home on a lake which after a month was nothing more to him than a place to house or store his stuff. As a self certified homebody who loves my home and how if makes me feel, that statement left me cold and I had to wonder how many people feel the same about their own home. Could I be in the minority in that I’m very sensitive of my surroundings, so much so that living in a home that’s a reflection of my personal style that makes me happy to call my own is not optional? For me this is not a temporary feeling. I can’t say I’ve ever been away from my home for an extended period of time and not been happy that I’m home again.
Consider the fact that when you go on vacation for a stay at a nice hotel or a resort typically there’s no denying that they go to great lengths to create a warm, beautiful and inviting environment to ensure that you enjoy your stay in hopes that you’ll return or at least share your experience with others. So why shouldn’t your home make you feel the same way. Personally I think everyone should feel that way regardless of whether or not they’re on vacation or at home. It’s one of the reasons I find myself spending time on my Pinterest boards curating beautiful and inspiring home, gardening and entertaining related images to share with like minded Pinners. If you can relate please check them out.