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Moving may feel scary

Some studies show that recent movers report having more unhappy days in a two-week testing period than people who hadn't moved.

However, the social costs of moving are manageable. People often feel more lonely because they spend more time on a computer and less time on active leisure like exercise and hobbies. Much of the unhappiness can be mitigated by actively exploring your new neighbourhood, doing things that made you happy in your old home, and socializing with new people.

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Topophilia is a vivid, emotional and personal experience of a place that leads to unexplainable affections.

Topophilia can be demonstrated by objective and subjective criteria - it could be a smell of fresh-cooked pie or the sound of a train whistle at night, also called "synesthetic tendency" or the way ordinary sensory perceptions affect our memory and emotions.

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Feeling out of place

So many people have been involuntarily displaced by the pandemic or could be stuck in living situations they would not choose for themselves.

But this upheaval could also give an opportunity. Many have now realised that various jobs can be done remotely, meaning we might have more geographic flexibility than before. This year could be a chance for you to move to the place where your heart is.

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As you design a physical future in line with your happiness, it is worth reflecting on your strongest positive synesthetic tendencies and the place they remind you of.

Topophilia might not be associated with your childhood home. It could be somewhere where you were on holiday or a place with smells and sights you once experienced.

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To take control of your mind do the following:

  • Conquer negative thinking by treating yourself like a friend when negative thoughts come. Be empathetic towards yourself.
  • Challenge your negative thoughts to see if they are a true representation of who you are.
  • Write a brief story about your struggles, then rewrite it from a neutral observer perspective. For example:

Your struggle: I have no money.

From a neutral observation: Everyone struggles with money from time to time.

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Biophilic design

Biophilic design is a concept of using both direct and indirect exposure to nature to increase wellbeing.

Leading up to 2020, biophilic design was a major office trend. Amazon introduced spherical conservatories to its Seattle headquarters, and Facebook created a 3.6-acre rooftop garden at its Silicon Valley hub. Due to the pandemic, remote workers can bring the concept back home with them and create a work environment with their own wellbeing in mind.

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Do what you love

To do what you love adds pressure because you first have to find what you like, know what you are good at and realise your strengths. Then you have to work hard at it, continually living with the self-doubt of 'am I good enough?'. 

Although it can be fun, doing what you love does not necessarily make you happy.

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