Last week I wrote about how there were several common traits, one of which was being grateful. Then I found this video about the science of happiness and it affirmed something for me. Tiny House folks have always seemed to be much happier and from my post they also seemed very grateful; turns out there might be a correlation.
Over the past few weeks I have been doing interviews of tiny house people for a secret project I’ve been working on and from it sparked an idea for a post! After talking with a ton of tiny house people I have come to see quite a few commonalities and these made me think… So here is the top 5 reasons you should date a tiny house person.
1. Tiny House People Are Awesome People
I say this all the time and its because it’s true, by in large people who live in tiny houses and even those that are interested in the tiny house movement are really amazing people. There is just a lot of things that they just intuitively get about our world and different things in it. They are really nice, very chill people who are just like you and me, but they always seem really friendly and happy people.
2. Tiny House People Make Better Lovers
Tiny house people have moved into a tiny house because they have realized one thing: there are more important things in life other than their material possessions. Namely relationships. We have decided to remove ourselves from the material world and focus on the people around us. We are doubling down and saying “you matter to me”.
Now when it comes to adult time in tiny houses, because we all know that’s what you were thinking about, it means that we have to get creative make the extra effort to pull it off in that small little loft. Or we might be seeking some more exotic locals, whatever it is just know, we’re up to the challenge.
3. We Got The Money Thing Down
The number one reason cited for divorces is money. It’s a very sad thing, but it is a reality of this world we live in. When you live in a tiny house you have removed the largest expense most married or serious dating couples have to face: rent or mortgage. Instead of paying crazy amounts to the bank each month, we have been banking it and it helps smooth out life’s ups and downs so that they don’t really impact us anymore.
4. We Are Passionate People
You meet a tiny house person, they are passionate people in general. If it wasn’t enough that they said “I’m going to build a whole house, even if I have never swung a hammer before” and then did it, they are often invested and driven about many other things in their life. You should be so lucky that they become passionate about loving you!
5. We Know Ourselves, So We Know What We Need
Many times when a relationship ends it is because we thought that person was the right mix of things, but ended up not being. Tiny house people have a way of packing in a lot of life, even if they haven’t been living for that long. We have come to know and understand ourselves very well and by living in a tiny house we have had to defend that against people who are critical of the life we lead.
When you know yourself, you know that you are an amazing person and for the most part you don’t need anyone else. You are self sufficient, heck you just built a whole house on your own! So when it comes to relationship you don’t need that other person, you want that person, which is a powerful thing. Since you value relationships, you know what you need to put into a relationship and what you need to get out of one for you to harmonize with it.
So that is the top 5 reasons you should date a tiny house person. So there are 5 more reasons other than they live in an awesome tiny house!
The article was written by a palliative care nurse who spent years working with people in their final days of their life. The article struck me strongly and simply had to share. The nurse shares the most common regrets at the end of people’s lives as she help them make peace with their own mortality.
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me.
This was the most common regret of all. When people realise that their life is almost over and look back clearly on it, it is easy to see how many dreams have gone unfulfilled. Most people had not honoured even a half of their dreams and had to die knowing that it was due to choices they had made, or not made. It is very important to try and honour at least some of your dreams along the way. From the moment that you lose your health, it is too late. Health brings a freedom very few realise, until they no longer have it.
I wish I didn’t work so hard.
This came from every male patient that I nursed. They missed their children’s youth and their partner’s companionship. Women also spoke of this regret. But as most were from an older generation, many of the female patients had not been breadwinners. All of the men I nursed deeply regretted spending so much of their lives on the treadmill of a work existence.
By simplifying your lifestyle and making conscious choices along the way, it is possible to not need the income that you think you do. And by creating more space in your life, you become happier and more open to new opportunities, ones more suited to your new lifestyle.
I wish I’d had the courage to express my feelings.
Many people suppressed their feelings in order to keep peace with others. As a result, they settled for a mediocre existence and never became who they were truly capable of becoming. Many developed illnesses relating to the bitterness and resentment they carried as a result.
We cannot control the reactions of others. However, although people may initially react when you change the way you are by speaking honestly, in the end it raises the relationship to a whole new and healthier level. Either that or it releases the unhealthy relationship from your life. Either way, you win.
I wish I had stayed in touch with my friends.
Often they would not truly realise the full benefits of old friends until their dying weeks and it was not always possible to track them down. Many had become so caught up in their own lives that they had let golden friendships slip by over the years. There were many deep regrets about not giving friendships the time and effort that they deserved. Everyone misses their friends when they are dying.
It is common for anyone in a busy lifestyle to let friendships slip. But when you are faced with your approaching death, the physical details of life fall away. People do want to get their financial affairs in order if possible. But it is not money or status that holds the true importance for them. They want to get things in order more for the benefit of those they love. Usually though, they are too ill and weary to ever manage this task. It is all comes down to love and relationships in the end. That is all that remains in the final weeks, love and relationships.
This is a surprisingly common one. Many did not realise until the end that happiness is a choice. They had stayed stuck in old patterns and habits. The so-called ‘comfort’ of familiarity overflowed into their emotions, as well as their physical lives. Fear of change had them pretending to others, and to their selves, that they were content. When deep within, they longed to laugh properly and have silliness in their life again. When you are on your deathbed, what others think of you is a long way from your mind. How wonderful to be able to let go and smile again, long before you are dying.
Life is a choice. It is YOUR life.
Choose consciously, choose wisely, choose honestly. Choose happiness.