It's said that home is where the heart is, but your home is also a financial investment. That's why homeowners who are thinking about potential home improvement projects will typically try to calculate what kind of return on investment they'll get for the upgrade. After all, it's easier to justify the expense if you know, when it's time to sell, your home will garner a higher price. These days, though, homeowners have become a little less focused on their financial return and a little more interested in creating joy and purpose in their homes. How so? Well, according to a recent survey, 73 percent of homeowners have invested in a home improvement project since the beginning of the pandemic. That isn't surprising. Spending more time at home naturally got us thinking about ways we can make our homes more comfortable and functional. But it also got us thinking about how happy we are with our homes. In fact, a majority of survey respondents said they want to feel joyful in their house, and nearly one in three said being happy was a big reason they'd invest in a home improvement project this year. In other words, the pandemic helped make us more focused on, not just improving, but also putting some heart back in our homes.