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BooksDoes happiness depend on where you live?

Does happiness depend on where you live?

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How the level of happiness depends on the place in which we live

Urban life is a big challenge for a person and his psyche. More than ever, people are now thinking about how to make each day comfortable, reduce stress, and be happier. The demands of the audience are changing, and therefore development is developing, becoming more flexible and “humane”. Now, when choosing an apartment, people are not limited to price indicators and location, because our well-being directly depends on the place in which we live.

How does life in a big city affect our level of happiness and which person can be called happy? This question continues to be studied by urban researchers. For example, Paul Kidwell, author of The Psychology of the City. How to be happy in a metropolis ”, brought us closer to understanding a happy city life. One of the main factors influencing our feeling of home, the writer calls safety. In addition, a happy person is someone who invests in the look of their home, and also has fond memories of the time spent there with family and friends. It turns out that the more positive emotional connection with the place in which we live, the happier we feel ourselves there.

However, in reality, everything is a little more complicated. Paul Kidwell writes that there are specific criteria that affect our sense of home and security in it. Thus, natural zones have a great influence on the level of happiness of citizens. If there is a landscape or natural park near the house, or even better – a pond, a person becomes calmer and more harmonious. We are especially attracted by the streets, where there is a lot of greenery, as well as panoramic windows overlooking the nature. At the same time, the proximity of industrial zones and dense architectural development make people irritable and tired.

We perceive the apartment as a place where you can be yourself and at the same time feel safe. Therefore, the internal structure of the house is no less important than the infrastructure of the area. Psychologically, it is easier for us to be in spacious rooms with high ceilings. At the same time, life on the top floors of high-rise buildings often becomes a test for people and a cause of increased anxiety. Here again we see the evolutionary tendency of humans to “ground” and be closer to nature, our natural habitat. Indoors, happiness is also enhanced by abundance of natural light and calm, light colored walls. And also – the presence of a living room as a territory where all residents of the apartment can get together and establish that very emotional connection that turns our usual place into a Home.

These seemingly simple principles really greatly influence our emotional state. Developers understand this too, and in their new construction campaigns are guided by making the tenants happier. Ambitious projects appear in different cities of Russia. In St. Petersburg, premium construction is carried out by the Setl Group company. The developer’s residential quarters will be a real discovery for people who value harmony and comfort, and constantly strive for a better life.

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