A new home remodel could make your life easier by making it look more like a modern house, but a new study suggests some people might be happier just sitting around in their cozy cozy chairs.
Researchers from the University of Texas and Indiana University examined whether people who lived in small houses would feel more comfortable around each other, more confident, and more productive if they could sit down and talk.
The study found that people who were more comfortable with their homes were happier, had fewer complaints about their lives, and enjoyed being able to socialize with others more.
But while the researchers said they didn’t know why people might feel happier, the results are potentially helpful for remodeling, said the study’s lead author, University of Tennessee professor Robert St. Clair.
“People who live in smaller houses, in the sense of having less space to move around, or living in a house that is a little bit more like an apartment, the benefits that they feel are actually quite large,” he said.
“If you have a home that is large, and you are moving around, you are less likely to be able to sit around, and that could lead to more problems.”
For instance, people living in smaller homes could feel more isolated, stressed, or less productive, said St. Claire.
“These kinds of problems that people have, the negative feelings that they have in their lives can be caused by having these big homes that are too big for them,” he explained.
The researchers also compared the experience of people living with less than two people in their homes to that of people in larger homes.
“We found that the small-house effect is pretty large,” said St, who co-authored the study with UT doctoral candidate Andrew H. Smith.
“You could see that people had more time to socialise and have a good time.
They had more energy.”
The study was published online May 12 in the Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.
St. Louis, a graduate student in St. Clare’s laboratory, led the study as part of a doctoral dissertation at the University at Buffalo.
He hopes the study will encourage more people to get their own homes renovated.
“I’m really excited to see what these people are going to tell me about their experience,” he told The Associated Press.
“It’s going to be really interesting to hear how they think their lives have changed.”
Read or Share this story: http://usat.ly/16vQQbR