03 Apr Proof an Acre home can make you happy!
Acre was founded out of a belief that the American Dream should be less about the home itself, and more about the financial stability a home gives you to pursue your true passions. We encourage customers to build reasonably, pay it off fast, and then enjoy the freedom to travel, tinker, go back to school, start a company, save, give – whatever their individual goals are! A recent article in Fast Company gives new insights into this perspective (read it here). It explains that lasting happiness is linked more to experiences than material possessions. According to Dr. Thomas Gilovich, a psychology professor at Cornell University who has been studying the question of money and happiness for over two decades:
You can really like your material stuff. You can even think that part of your identity is connected to those things, but nonetheless they remain separate from you. In contrast, your experiences really are part of you. We are the sum total of our experiences.”
Your home is a personal reflection, but it doesn’t have to identify or own you, especially at the expense of greater goals. An Acre home puts nature and technology to work for you, so you can enjoy your home without the financial burden that has become the norm. In 1960, homes accounted for 14% of a family’s income. Today that figure has more than doubled, with housing consuming over 35% of income (likely a two-person income, mind you) and leaving much less for other pursuits. After half a century of homes getting larger and more full of “stuff”, it’s safe to say they haven’t made us happier.
So can an Acre home really make you happy? No more than any other material possession. But it can free you from mortgage and utility bills, opening up a world of possibilities and allowing you the means to enjoy it!