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This Is Where You Belong

The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live

By Melody Warnick
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This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live by Melody Warnick

This is Where You Belong (2016) is a guide to loving the city you live in. These blinks explain how to enjoy your life wherever you are by discovering all the amazing opportunities your city has to offer.

  • Young people who think moving will cure their unhappiness
  • Anyone who blames their city for all their failures and frustrations
  • Anyone hoping to discover what their city has to offer

Melody Warnick is a freelance journalist and contributor to Reader’s Digest, Woman’s Day and The Atlantic’s CityLab, among other publications. She lives in Blacksburg, Virginia, the city that she fell in love with by participating in the Love Where You Live experiment.

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This Is Where You Belong

The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live

By Melody Warnick
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This is Where You Belong (2016) is a guide to loving the city you live in. These blinks explain how to enjoy your life wherever you are by discovering all the amazing opportunities your city has to offer.

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People move from place to place, hoping to find happiness – but what we really want is a place to call home.

Do you find yourself constantly moving from city to city, unable to settle down? Well, you’re not alone. Every year in the United States, 36 million people move cities for new jobs alone. And while jobs are just one of the many reasons people choose to move, behind every one of these reasons lies one thing: hope.

In other words, people move to new places hoping to find a better life. After all, moving seems to offer the chance to restart your life with a clean slate and, as a result, people tend to move because they’ve experienced too many failures, like disappointing friendships, unbearable commitments or unsatisfying jobs.

What it all boils down to is that humans expect to find a better life somewhere else, linking our happiness to geography.

This causes people to move in search of that happiness, but what we really want is simply to feel at home somewhere. Humans are instinctively driven to create deep connections with our surroundings, to identify with them.

This form of connecting with the area we live in is called place attachment and you know you’ve formed one when you get back to your hometown and say with a sigh, “it’s good to be home!” The connection to your city builds a feeling of security and happiness.

And it can be good for your health, too. People who are happy about where they live and like the people around them are less likely to suffer heart attacks or strokes.

Ironically, it’s the very habit of running away and searching for happiness somewhere else that prevents people from finding what they truly crave: a place that feels like home. In an attempt to overcome this dilemma, the author decided to try a new strategy: instead of moving cities, she tried to love the one she already lived in.

In the following blinks, you’ll find out how.

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