Does great architecture make us happier and healthier?

Does great architecture make us happier and healthier?
December 15, 2016 Propertyology

French Writer Stendhal noted that “beauty is the promise of happiness”.

We can all recall at least one moment in our lives where we saw an appealing piece of art, a stunning vista or a beautiful dress, and felt instantly happy. So it makes sense that living in a well-designed, aesthetically pleasing environment can do wonders for our well-being and happiness.

Modern-day Philosopher Alain de Botton certainly believes so. In his 2006 book, “The Architecture of Happiness”, de Botton looks at the complex nature of architecture and interior design and the impact they can have on our lives.

In an interview with CNN, de Botton states “beauty has a huge role to play in altering our mood. When we call a chair or a house beautiful, really what we’re saying is that we like the way of life it’s suggesting to us. It has an attitude we’re attracted to: if it was magically turned into a person, we’d like who it was”.

Architecture and interior design aren’t the only fields in which studies have connected our sense of beauty to health and happiness.

A team from the University of Chicago recently looked at the impact of living in tree-lined streets on health and found that:

“…people who live in neighbourhoods with a higher density of trees on their streets report significantly higher health perception and significantly less cardio-metabolic conditions (controlling for socioeconomic and demographic factors).

“We find that having 10 more trees in a city block, on average, improves health perception in ways comparable to an increase in annual personal income of $10,000 and moving to a neighbourhood with $10,000 higher median income or being 7 years younger.”

The implications for architects, builders, developers, and everyday citizens are clear. It is beneficial to our overall well-being, happiness and health to design and develop buildings and streets that are aesthetically pleasing.

Choosing to live in a house or suburb we find beautiful – a place that speaks to us – is a key contributor to our long-term health and well-being. However, balancing this with housing affordability and living within our means can seem a slightly difficult task. Propertyology works closely with our clients to determine their needs and future goals, and develop a Property Investment Plan so you can have your cake and eat it too.

As average Australians, when we stop viewing home ownership as the place we must live, and start viewing property as an investment and a way towards financial security, then we open up our choices on where we can live. When we aren’t beholden to affordability, we open up our options for where to live and allow ourselves the freedom to live in places that make us happier and healthier.

Take a look at Angie and Simon’s story to see how Propertyology helped them move to an area and home they love, with a lifestyle that has given them renewed energy and happiness.

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