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Melody Warnick

The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live

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This Is Where You Belong by Melody Warnick offers practical tips on how to improve your relationship with the place you live in. It explores the concept of place attachment and provides strategies for feeling more connected to your community.

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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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    What is This Is Where You Belong about?

    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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    This Is Where You Belong (2016) explores the idea of finding a sense of belonging in the place you call home. Here's what makes this book worth reading:

    • With insightful research and personal anecdotes, it offers practical advice on how to cultivate a deep connection with your community.
    • By focusing on small, actionable steps, the book empowers readers to make positive changes in their neighborhoods and enhance their overall well-being.
    • Through its engaging storytelling and relatable experiences, the book sheds light on the importance of feeling rooted and connected in our increasingly transient world.

    Best quote from This Is Where You Belong

    Whats good for the community is usually good for you.

    —Melody Warnick
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    Who should read This Is Where You Belong?

    • 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

    About the Author

    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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    The main message of This Is Where You Belong is finding a sense of belonging and connection in the places we live.

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    This Is Where You Belong is worth reading as it explores the importance of feeling at home where we live, providing insights and strategies for building a sense of community.

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    Melody Warnick is the author of This Is Where You Belong.

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