Read This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live Online Free - In the spirit of Gretchen Rubin’s megaseller The Happiness Project and Eric Weiner’s The Geography of Bliss, a journalist embarks on a project to discover what it takes to love where you live
Austin, Texas, was supposed to be the city where Melody Warnick and her family stayed forever. But soon after moving there, they packed their belongings and, like millions of restless Americans, ventured cross-country again, to their fifth state in thirteen years. This time, though, she had an epiphany. Rather than hold her breath and hope Blacksburg, Virginia, was her perfect town, she would figure out how to fall in love with her new home.
Warnick’s journey to find out what makes us love our towns and cities, and why it matters, is at the heart of This Is Where You Belong. She dives into the body of research around place attachment—the deep sense of connection that residents sometimes feel with their towns—and travels to towns across America to see it in action. She speaks with people who are devoted to improving their cities and finds out what draws highly mobile Americans to the places we live and what makes them stay. The best ideas she imports to her adopted hometown of Blacksburg for a series of Love Where You Live experiments designed to make her feel more locally connected. Dining with the neighbors. Taking a hike. Meeting the mayor. Shopping Small Business Saturday. Marching in the town Christmas parade. Can these things make a halfhearted resident happier? Will Blacksburg be the place she finally stays?
What she learns is good news for anyone who’s ever felt stuck in a not-perfect place: You don’t have to be in your dream city to have a great life. You just have to love the place you’re in to be healthier, happier, more socially connected, and more resilient.
|Title||:||This Is Where You Belong: The Art and Science of Loving the Place You Live|
|Number of Pages||:||320 pages|
April 01, 2017
Asking myself, 'What would someone who loves Blacksburg do?' had become a regular mental refrain. 'Would a person who loves their town go to the concert in the park? Would a person who loves their town pick up the nasty piece of trash in the road?' Yes. Yes, they would.
Sometimes I wonder about jo...
April 16, 2017
I want to put This Is Where You Belong into the hands of every chronic “mover” and every “rooted”--that is, those people who keep moving in search of the perfect fit and those who are the exact opposite, who love where they live and never want to move. I found it affirming and en...
June 18, 2017
I read this with a book group discussion and I’m so glad it was chosen for the spring read.
While there was no new earth shattering information for me, there was so many things worth thinking about and considering. It took me a while to fully get into it because at first I didn’t identify with the...
June 21, 2016
Close to eight years ago, just a month after our wedding, my husband and I loaded up a truck and moved from Michigan to Richmond, Virginia. Neither of us had jobs in our new city, which we only visited once and chose with some pretty limited knowledge. On paper, it wasn’t the smartest decision I...
July 13, 2016
Oh dear! A book of platitudes that attempts to add gravitas by citing lots and lots of research or, what I would less charitably call, statements of the bleedin’ obvious.
The vacuity of its 257 pages is neatly summarized by the closing ‘Love Where You Live Principles’. There are 11, but these thre...
February 05, 2017
It's no secret that I really do not love my new city (I've been here just over a year). I picked this up to attempt to learn how to appreciate it. I've got so many thoughts, some of which I'm still mulling. Warnick makes many good points, and there are certainly some suggestions I could employ to...
October 03, 2016
I waffled between 3 and 4 stars for this. Mostly because the book didn't offer many insights, and I'm annoyed with myself because I kind of knew in advance that it wouldn't. I mean, coming to appreciate a community just isn't that complicated. You go to local events, patronize local businesses, p...
August 01, 2016
This book is in the same family as Gretchen Rubin’s The Happiness Project: Or Why I Spent a Year Trying to Sing in the Morning, Clean My Closets, Fight Right, Read Aristotle, and Generally Have More Fun. This particular branch of the self-help tree concerns itself with giving practical, useful ad...
June 20, 2016
I don't know when a nonfiction book has hit so close to home for me. Perhaps it's because I'm a "Mover", one of those people who pack up and move for one reason or another. For me, it has been jobs - in Upper Arlington, Ohio; Huron, Ohio; Port Charlotte, Florida; Lee County, Florida; Glendale, Ar...
December 05, 2016
I listened to this on audio, and it was a super easy listen. There are really interesting tidbits and facts peppered throughout this nonfic book about becoming committed to your local community, but I realized after 15 (FIFTEEN?! How is this possible...) years of living in Chicago, I've already d...