Imagine you're about to move into your dream home, you’re ready to put your roots in, build a new life and start a new chapter. You've found a place based on the regular factors most people look for which are location, size, and most likely something that fits your budget. What if you knew that where you live can impact where you end up in life? Would you still look for a property based on these factors?
People living just a few blocks apart may have vastly different opportunities to live a long and balanced life. Bangalore city has seen tremendous changes in the last decade. Increasing levels of migration, and rapid changes in infrastructure, and higher pollution levels have made even the simplest luxuries like popping into your local grocery store take more time out of your day that you’d previously planned.
The city offers a wide variety of options in real estate investing depending on one's values and interests. The cost of living in many of these areas often reap many intangible assets and should be a factor when deciding the best place to live.
Which is the best area to live in Bangalore?
The average American homebuyer moves about 11.7 times in their lifetime. Take a moment to think about how many times you have moved in your life. What were some of the reasons you moved? Your reasons may have been varied: a new job, better schools, or perhaps you thought you’d be happier in a better location?
But what does it really mean to be happy in a better location? Would you be happy enough if you found a home in a dream location, or if you found a home that gives you the ability to fulfill your dreams and ideals? Studies have shown that factors beyond location, price, and size can have a lasting effect on your levels of success and productivity.
Rethinking The Parameters That Make a Place Best For Living
Our environment affects and shapes us unconsciously in more ways than we care to admit. Perhaps it's time to start rethinking the parameters we’ve previously relied on that make any real estate space best for living. To do that we have to understand the importance of intangible real estate features by identifying a few important factors earlier on in your search.
Studies have shown that our environment and where we choose to live can affect so many more aspects of our lives that we may first realize. Your mood can be affected by even the simplest of things like proximity to nature and the design of your home. Rooms with bright natural light can reduce depression and anxiety. Your environment can facilitate or discourage you to interact with others and receive the social support you need. The importance of recognizing these intangible assets can make a big difference in your mental, and health-related quality of life.
Imagine if you lived in an inviting space with comfortable chairs and privacy. Would you and your family be more encouraged to stay and interact with each other? Environmental factors can affect many parts of your life like productivity, creativity, and overall wellbeing. Considering all this, do you think where you live can ultimately influence your motivation to succeed and make an impact on the world?
At Svasa Homes, we believe the space you spend most of your time in is not only important today, but for your future. Here are a few additional parameters you could consider when choosing a home for yourself.
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Being Purposeful In Your Plans For Your Family
Identifying your family’s prime focus and priorities and the way you want to spend the rest of your life is extremely important. Being purposeful in your plans can often prevent you from having to be reactionary to crises and situations that may arise. Sometimes it just comes down to taking time to plan ahead to solve problems effectively and helping your family work unitedly towards what is important to you.
Are your priorities great education, health-related or safety-related? Do you need a regular healthy dose of culture and entertainment? What are your core principles that you want to impart to your children, and will you be in the right atmosphere to create these teaching moments?
To understand this better, you have to understand the type of family you are. What are you passionate about, what are your values? What makes you excited to wake up in the morning? You may find that having a healthy work-life balance is important to you. In this case, you would have to look at your location and support you can receive to work from home as well as have access to experiences that you can share with your family.
Perhaps you want your family to have strong standards for education or value their cultural heritage, If so, you may want to surround yourself with art and architecture that can enable you to be better attuned to creative thinking, or be close to a library that offers you elite access to the latest studies from around the world.
Once you identify your family’s priorities, you have to understand how to integrate activities that foster these values in your daily family life. The answers you find will give you a clear direction on where you want to live.
Understanding Your Community's DNA
It is said that “You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” - Jim Rohn. Imagine having the opportunity to connect with people who’ve made a true and measurable impact in the world, including well-known experts, business geniuses, and successful entrepreneurs. What type of person would you become if you had daily interaction with them?
It's important to be around people who can contribute positively to your life. Humans are profoundly social human beings and as a result, most of us are constantly surrounded by people who influence our thinking and opinions. People who have the ability and drive to make a huge difference can enable you to transform your own life and the lives of those around you.
This is why understanding your community’s DNA in the location you choose can make all the difference in the way you approach your life. There are many incredible people who have found their unique niche in the world and have contributed at the highest level who may add immeasurable value to your life.
Those who have a strong sense of purpose are often driven, focused, and committed to what they are meant to accomplish. The commitment they have to better themselves gives them the compassion and openness to see, learn, and experience things in ways that will help them be an asset to any community they’re in. They see value in engaging with others in a mutually beneficial way and are open to sharing their talents and often authentic in their relationships.
Being around those who uplift you as they ascend can positively influence you to be a better person, more healthy, more family-oriented, or even more innovative in business. If your community is a place where you can easily network, share knowledge, and create impact, you may even be empowered to better understand the world around you and the opportunities within it.
Personal Intangible Benefits That Improve The Quality Of Life
Rick Warren, the author of “The Purpose Driven Life” finds that people often prioritize their lives by these categories: survival, success, or significance. In survival mode we are focused on getting by; in success mode we’re focused on the good life, looking good, feeling good and having the goods. He challenges people to move into the third phase of finding significance by asking the questions “why am I here”, and “what is my purpose”.
Our own personal journey towards self-actualization receives the least of our attention as the majority of our daily resources usually go into survival and achieving success. The tag, “quality of life” doesn't always have to be associated with monetary benefits. They can also come in terms of intangible benefits such as gaining more time, or a lifestyle that enables you to live a balanced life, with more exposure to knowledge, and the quality of networks you build. In his book “The blue zones of happiness” Dan Buettner combines his findings by interviewing some of the most statistically successful and healthy people in the world to better understand what it takes to live a truly happy life.
He breaks it down to making health-based changes to one's environment, “You can't measure happiness, but you can measure life satisfaction. It's a composite of things, health, emotions, and the extent to which you're living out your values”. He says that even if you have a strong purpose in your life, you can become too goal-oriented, and you often forgo joy you can attain today for the promise of a better future.
The problem with that is that once you reach your goals, you might realize that you may not be living the life you wanted. So it's just as important to put effort into ways of enjoying your life every day and optimizing your environment to ensure long-term happiness. Buying things produces a spike in joy, but investing in good experiences can have long-term effects.
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Taking The First Step Towards Your Lasting Legacy
Today the happiest places in the world tend to be places where leaders decided to not only focus on economic growth but also growth in quality of life. The design of our cities can help us get out of our cars and make us more active. The focus on building communities to attain fulfillment, happiness and find their higher purpose can create a happier world.
What if we could live with likeminded people who are focused on fostering spaces like this for themselves and their families? Even if you lived in the fanciest place, you could be surrounded by an upset and frustrated next generation of youth and you are only as happy as the people around you. Finding ways to live a balanced life is not only a personal choice, but it also affects your family and generations to come.
So while the living choices you make today may not feel like they're making much of a difference to your future, being aware and making choices towards living a more balanced lifestyle is the first step towards a life of memorable legacy.