As we are settling into our new home and decided what to do and how much to spend on improvements and changes and whatnot, I got to thinking about which things are most important. Of course President Monson put things in perspective for me.
Happiness does not consist of a glut of luxury, the world’s idea of a “good time.” Nor must we search for it in faraway places with strange-sounding names. Happiness is found at home.
All of us remember the home of our childhood. Interestingly, our thoughts do not dwell on whether the house was large or small, the neighborhood fashionable or downtrodden. Rather, we delight in the experiences we shared as a family. The home is the laboratory of our lives, and what we learn there largely determines what we do when we leave there.
-Thomas S. Monson, "Hallmarks of a Happy Home," April 1988.