Less Is Not More: Forget Downsizing, Americans Are Craving More Space
“The Power of Space” survey affirms the benefits of having more physical, emotional and mental space
MCLEAN, Va. - A recent survey* revealed that, contrary to the “small-space living” trend, Americans agree that having more space gives them a delightful boost in all aspects of life. In fact, 87 percent believe having extra space to themselves makes them better people, with 55 minutes of “me” time being optimal to recharge. Participants claimed having this alone time made them feel more energized (56%), friendlier (53%), funnier (23%) and smarter (22%). The survey was conducted on behalf of Embassy Suites by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton and Home2 Suites by Hilton.
“Studies show that perception of environment can have an impact on our happiness,” said Amy Blankson, positive psychology researcher and co-founder of consulting firm GoodThink. “While there is a push to go small – like mini cars and tiny houses – it’s more important to have spaces that match form and function in our lives. When we align purpose and meaning, there’s a positive uptick in mood and increased productivity.”
But it’s not all about emotional space - having more room to spread out also ranked high on the list according to respondents. A surprising 74 percent of people are unwilling to give up their personal space even if it means spending a day with their celebrity crush – sorry, Ryan Reynolds, they’re just not that into you.
“We have nearly 140,000 sizable and affordable suites globally that provide guests with the space they need,” said Dianna Vaughan, global head and senior vice president, All Suites brands by Hilton. “Whether to practice morning yoga, to have a kid-friendly space for playtime, or to simply find a solo sanctuary, our suites are designed to accommodate every lifestyle.”
Other survey highlights include:
- Space is Good for Business: 89 percent of people believe changing their work environment throughout the day gives them an actual boost. Pay attention employers: more space options equal employees who feel more productive (49%), calmer (40%), happier (34%) and more creative (31%).
- Space is Good for Parenting: 71 percent of parents admit to doing whatever it takes to get alone time, and 69 percent feel renewed, not guilty, when given the space they need. Do these excuses sound familiar? Running a faux errand (28%), feigning sickness (20%), making an imaginary call (16%), or lying about needing to work earlier or later (15%).
- Space is Good for Travel: 70 percent of travelers feel stressed when there isn’t enough space to keep up with their routine. The top mood-breakers that leave people wishing they had more space while on the road: Grouchy companions (40%), being stuck in middle seat (22%), snoring roommates (20%) and road tripping in a small car (18%).
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*Wakefield Research surveyed among 1,000 nationally representative U.S. adults ages 25+, between October 15th and October 22nd, 2018 using an email invitation and an online survey, with an overall margin of error of three percent.
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Homewood Suites by Hilton, Hilton’s upscale, award-winning all-suite, extended-stay hotel brand has more than 500 locations in the United States, Mexico, Canada, and the Caribbean, with 111 properties in the pipeline. The first choice for guests seeking comfortable accommodations when traveling for extended or quick overnight stays, Homewood Suites by Hilton offers inviting, generous suites featuring separate living and sleeping areas, and fully equipped kitchens with full-size refrigerators. Additional value-driven essentials include complimentary internet and free breakfast. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Homewood Suites by Hilton is focused on guest satisfaction and stands behind each stay with its 100% Suite Assurance® guarantee. For more information on the extended-stay advantage, visit www.homewoodsuites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/homewoodsuites, and connect with Homewood Suites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.
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Embassy Suites by Hilton, one of Hilton’s 18 market-leading brands, is dedicated to delivering what matters most to travelers. The full-service, upscale brand offers leisure and business travelers a relaxed, yet sophisticated experience with two-room suites, free breakfast, inviting atriums and complimentary 24-hour business and fitness centers. Embassy Suites by Hilton has 258 hotels with 41 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. For more information, visit www.embassysuites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/embassysuites, and connect with Embassy Suites by Hilton on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
About Home2 Suites by Hilton
Home2 Suites by Hilton, one of the fastest-growing brands in Hilton’s history, is a mid-tier, all-suite, award-winning extended-stay hotel concept designed to offer stylish accommodations with flexible guestroom configurations and inspired amenities for the cost-conscious guest. With a commitment to environmentally friendly products and hotel operations, Home2 Suites by Hilton offers complimentary breakfast selections; innovative and customizable guestroom designs; laundry and fitness areas; complimentary WiFi; multiple outdoor spaces; 24-hour business centers; expansive community spaces; and pet-friendly environments. Home2 Suites by Hilton has 438 hotels with 428 in the pipeline. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits. Visit www.home2suites.com or newsroom.hilton.com/home2suites for additional information, or here for franchising opportunities. Connect with Home2 Suites on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Instagram.Download Article Photos