Many experts are on record saying the key to happiness is doing a job you love, but what about the place you return to after a day’s work? Shouldn’t it factor just as highly in the happiness stakes? The truth is loving where you live does contribute to mental health and wellbeing – and thankfully, living in a grand waterfront mansion isn’t a prerequisite to happiness on the home front.
Take me, for example: I don’t live in the height of luxury, my kitchen is dated and I’d certainly love a pool in the backyard. Yet, of the 10 places I’ve called home in my life, it’s also the house I feel happiest. A large reason for that is the location, and the fact I love the region in which we live. Psychologist, author and “Chief Happiness Officer”, Dr Timothy Sharp knows why this is key.
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