A home might hold the key to boost your joy. Recent research has found that based on where you buy, how you renovate and several other factors you might not have otherwise considered can lead to a happier home. When you think of home, it might lead to those warm and fuzzy feelings, but some homes tend to feel more homey than others. We have put together 7 scientific secrets to a happy home, keep reading to find out more and find the full article here.
Secret No. 1: It doesn’t matter if you buy or rent
If you’re under the impression that homeowners are happier than renters, here’s a reality check: A study by the University of Pennsylvania found that both groups have about equal levels of emotional well-being. Researchers theorize it’s because whatever joy homeownership brings is canceled out by the extra time homeowners have to spend on maintenance, from fixing leaky faucets to cleaning gutters. Happy-go-lucky renters, on the other hand, get to spend more time on leisure activities.
So all in all, it’s a wash—which means renters should stop feeling sorry for themselves, whereas homeowners should take care to not fall into the trap of feeling so smug (or for that matter, stressed by their long-term commitments).