It’s been said that “there’s no place like home.”  How do you know that the place you are staying at is your home? Some say that a home is just as same as a house. And yet, some people do not consider their house as a home for reasons we could only imagine. What really is the difference?

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A House

According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, a house is “a building that serves as living quarters for one or a few families.” A house is just a house, nothing more but a building, a shelter, to protect us against the harshness of the outside world. A house is something you have to build; build using wood, blocks, cement, paint, tiles, furniture, appliances and other things you need in a house.

A Home

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According to Merriam Webster’s Dictionary, a home is “the social unit formed by a family living together.” A home is more like having a good relationship with your family. A good home is a place where you know you have a family to turn to, who offers their shoulders to cry on, who will be there for you anytime you need them to. A home is something you really don’t have to build. You will always have a home as long as you know you have a family.

What’s the Difference?

A house is just a building, a shelter, made up of wood, bricks, cement, paint, tiles, furniture, appliances and other things you need in a house. A house is hollow, but it can withstand calamities such as storms and rains. And it is something you would still have to build and improve overtime. A home on the other hand, is something you already have when you were born. You don’t have to build it, but you can strengthen it with love, care, trust, kindness, and understanding. As a house is firm, a home is fragile. It can be destroyed by mere lies, jealousy, anger, mistrust, and understanding.

A house is nothing without a home, and yet a home is always there, even without the house as long as you know that you have your family with you for better or worse. Even without a house, there will always be a home.

A house is considered a home when the people leaving in it is happy, full of trust and understanding for each other. There’s no place like home because it’s where you’ll know you have a family. Loved ones who will always be there for you no matter what. It’s where you’ll know you’re truly loved.

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