There's a whole body of research about what makes people happy. You see, it's not the BMW. Get the 3-Series and soon you'll just want the 5-Series. Or the Mercedes for that matter. That quest for better is somehow part of our humanness in this society.
A client once gave me an article (which I have somewhere, if only all my boxes were unpacked). In a nutshell the article claimed that doing things like fixing a creaky screen door could really contribute to a sense of happiness. Because things that are broken can really make you uneasy.
So today, my contractor came and shaved down my doors in the bathroom, the bedroom, and the hall closet. Now they clear the rugs. That bath matt rolling up every time you open the door was really getting to me. And making my feet cold too.
What ease I feel. I can breathe easier today. I am not joking, either. It really makes me happy.
So what about you? What small changes to your home really made a difference in your day-to-day happiness?