How certain factors can affect your happiness: Environment

Home may be where the heart is, but is it where happiness lies? If you aren’t satisfied with where you’re living, what does that mean for your happiness?
The core of happiness where one lives is sense of community, quality of life, and safety the area inhabits. Although, it can also be the little things that affect people most. Miamians can all relate to the constant heat and traffic causing some of us the urge to pack up and move far away. It all depends on the type of person, and personalities can also play a huge role in where will make us our happiest.
Finding the place we feel happiest is only half the battle. A recent study, “The Impact of Environmental Experiences Across the Lifespan on Symptoms of Anxiety and Depression,” suggests that everyone has a relatively stable “set point” of happiness.
This study explored whether genetics or life experiences play a larger role in predicting our set point. Researchers examined identical twins over a period of several years and found that their set points differed from one another. Since twins share the same genetic material, this result suggests that our environment can strongly affect our overall psychological well-being. The researchers argue that happiness is therefore self-perpetuating: happy people tend to seek out experiences that will sustain their good mood.
College is just a few years away, some people opt for staying close to home while others want to go and explore worlds completely unknown to them. But in the meantime, Miami is a huge city filled with thousands of things to do. If you can control your own happiness, why not take it into your own hands?