Come on, Ben, why so glum? The American Dream is supposed to be something inspiring, something we strive for. Not something that makes us get a far off look in our eyes when our old padawan's son mentions it to us.
What is the American Dream, anyway? Getting married having a few kids, buying some stuff, retiring to Florida, and dying? No, wait, that's a Card's Against Humanity Card.
It could be that green light. Maybe a white picket fence. But in a political landscape where for many the socioeconomic forecast looks grim, the American Dream seems dead.
Not Dead After All?
Is it bad that we still really want to eat this? Is this what the American Dream is?
So it turns out, one in five people think they're living the American Dream. Alright, so one in five doesn't sound like that much.
But that's 20%. 2,000 Americans were surveyed for the results. That's 400 people out of those 2,000. And if you think about it, 400 people believing in the American Dream is actually kind of a lot. Yay, math.
Hey, so 36% of the country thinks they're living part of the American Dream. Which part is that? Maybe it's sleeping a lot. Maybe it's eating a lot of fries. While 36% is not bad, that still means that less than half of the country thinks it's living the dream.
Narrowing Down The Vision
Ok, so Hearth asked around, and they think they've been able to zero in on the key element of what people think the American Dream is. And it's not driving a pickup truck and singing the national anthem while a bald eagle flies above you, believe it or not.
It's actually home ownership. We thought that having the perfect backyard barbecue or riverboating in an American flag painted boat could all be in the running, too, but home ownership makes sense.
Also, home ownership is not the easiest thing on the planet to achieve. That's likely because we're broke, and last time we checked, homes cost money.
Also in the running for what makes up the American Dream was being able to afford rent, starting a family, sending a child to college, affording luxuries and building a fulfilling career.
So how do we own a home, get the American Dream, and do it all while we're still sometimes surviving on instant noodles for sustenance? Renovations.
79% of people think that renovations are important in achieving the American Dream. We don't have to do the math on that one to know it's a lot. And yes, we know, renovations are not cheap. But you can make do with the home that you already have, which sounds a lot easier than starting over from scratch.
Americans spend over $300 billion on home improvement every year. Because you don't have that kind of money, renovation planning services like Hearth exist. You watched a lot of Home Improvement, though, right? You already know this stuff.
Whatever your dream is, go live it. Don't let your dreams be dreams.