Pursuit of Happiness: Where You Live Is A Key To Happiness
By: Alyssa Cole
Sometimes we get so caught up in day to day life to even have a moment to sit down and wonder what would life be like if we left the towns and cities that we have known for our whole lives. Some only dream of moving to better places and some simply hold back due to lack of comfort and knowledge in any other place but where they grew up. Comfort can be safe but dangerous at the same time for your state of happiness.
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Studies from the New England Journal Of Medicine, show that 70% of premature death stems from the environment one is in, lack health care access, and individual behaviors. Take that in for a second. 70%! That is a very high number. Many people may not think that where you live and health blend with each other but in fact it really does!
How many times have you heard somebody say that they aren’t really happy with where they live and just need a change of scenery? Their hometown has little to offer in resources or employment opportunities? Even that they just simply need to move away and start a new journey? We hear these kinds of statements all the time and they are really signs that it’s time to take a leap of faith, especially if you find yourself saying these things all the time!
Did you know that according to the U.S. Census Bureau, the average American moves at least a dozen times in their lifetime? Now, why is that? I think that there are many answers to this question but one may agree that it’s because the average American doesn’t feel content with where they live and with more opportunities placed in front of them, come reasons to pack their car up and hit the road to the next city! Moving to a new town can be scary, but being willing to take a risk because it can really be worth it, especially if it affects your state of happiness.
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Are you happy with where you live? Have you thought often about moving? I suggest to someone today that if you have been feeling in your spirit to move on from your city or small town, take the necessary steps to steps to change your life and put yourself in a stable financial situation to move forward and try out a new place. Always remember that materialistic items will never make you as happy as solid self care and self love, so make sure to put your happiness and health first! The pursuit of happiness is a journey so don't be afraid to take leaps of faith!