In following the traditions of social science, environmental design research has largely adopted a conservative approach toward change. We frequently study changes in the environment that are problematic, that generate stress and discomfort. Then we tend to assume that the more desirable state is one of continuity and predictability. Often the changes in the environment that are problematic are made by outside parties and those occupying the environment have little influence over the change. When change is intentionally sought and is more directly influenced by those experiencing the change, as in travelling, renovating or redecorating a home, or some cases of moving, the change is more likely to be pleasurable. This paper explores the range of circumstances in which changes in the environment are enjoyed and why. It examines the ways that environmental changes contribute to changes in the sense of self and why. The paper draws upon existing research but is largely theoretical and speculative.