In a new study (see the BBC) the white coats have concluded that people would be happier paying thirty quid for someone else to do their chores instead of buying some more shite they don't really need. "Using money to free-up time is linked to increased happiness" is how they phrased it but I'm sure you get the picture.
Essentially they are suggesting that more time makes you happier and I can certainly vouch for that. Since we stopped working and took to the roads we have never felt more satisfied and content and while our budget remains our biggest concern we can still live comfortably in the wonderful countries Asia provides.
But it's not just the financial range that improves out here, I can't recall the last time I felt cold or heard anyone whinge about politics (unless Farang). The food is delicious, the scenery is exotic and the amenities are every bit as good if not better than anything Europe can provide.
Top of the list though for living in Thailand though are the people. They are beautiful inside and out and we love being part of their community.
We're not naive to believe that no problems exist, they do in every walk of life, but for us we really have landed in paradise.
TInd also has the article.