Many factors impact your quality of life. According to actor and comedian Patton Oswalt, knowing your ideal environment type—city, desert, mountains, plains or beach—is an important part of finding a place you can thrive.
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One way to determine your environment type is to jot down what you like and dislike about the various places you've visited and/or lived in, like Michael Davis does at weblog Family Hack. You'll invariably find patterns that'll help narrow down some of your fundamental desires from your environment.
Determining your environment type is also important because, as Oswalt writes, "if you belong by the ocean, then the mountains will ruin you. If you're suited for the blue solitude of the plains, then the city will be a tight, roaring prison cell that'll eat you alive." Dramatic wording aside, we think the test is a good way—in addition to other quality of life considerations such as job availability, population size and so on—to help move you closer to your happy zone.
Browse the full post for more details on each environment type identified in the post, then come back and let us know where you thrive best (and add your own types if you don't feel you fit in those five).
The 5 Environments: Where Do You Thrive? [Family Hack]