My apartment was brand new when I moved into it, nearly six years ago. It has many improvements over my previous apartment (which was built in the 1970s). I have big windows (and I face east and am above the building next door), so I enjoy direct sunlight that helps my circadian rhythms. I have a washer and dryer in my actual suite, which means I don't have to schlep down to the basement three times per load of laundry, or hoard quarters and loonies, or worry about what I'm going to wear while I do laundry. I have a dishwasher, which means that my least favourite chore (apart from exercise and pest control) is completely eliminated. And, speaking of pest control, I average one bug a year here, compared with one bug every two months in my old place and several bugs a month in student housing. Since a bug equals a panic attack, this is a revelation. Making rent is always tight, and I can't think of anything I'd rather be spending it on.
This is why I will never be convinced that money can't buy happiness. I've bought a near-elimination of panic attacks, and of the tedium of two major chores, as well as a sunlight pattern that helps adapt my circadian rhythms to the realities of everyday life.
All of this sounds disgustingly privilegey, but this is why I'm so opposed to the N2 rent increase exemption - it puts the quality of life I enjoy further and further out of the reach of more and more Ontarians (which might include me eventually if I hadn't bought a condo - my rent has always increased at a greater rate than my salary). I've benefited so much from buying this happiness that I want to to be affordable to everyone.