I personally think if you are in a
happy relationship, like your job, live
a financially secure life, enjoy family
and friends, then you are content
wherever the roof is over your
I was raised in Toronto and moved
to a small town. The pace is slower
and you have more space. You
don’t have to deal with traffic
and the price of housing is much
cheaper. Consequently, financially
you are in a better position to enjoy
extra things in life, which would
make you a little less stressed!
—Edna Elisabeth Allen
Small-town/village politics can be
just as bad as, or sometimes worse
than, in a big city. Depends on the
person. Have lived in both and been
happy in both.
—Donna Cutler McCorriston
I’ve lived in different places and I’ve
come to say that it is we who create our environment. We make our
happiness just as our misfortune.
Everything is in the way we act.
No. Small towns don’t have Costco.
We love being out in the country.
The kids absolutely love it. So
much freedom for them to run and
explore.—Annemarie Nagel Reist
Are people happier
in small towns?
A RECENT STUDY of 400,000 Canadians suggests that those who live in
more dense, expensive neighbourhoods tend to be less happy than
those in rural areas. But critics warn that where you live isn’t the only
determinant of happiness and advise you to think twice before moving.
What do you think?
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