Dec 04 2012

What Do the Happiest Expats Have in Common?

What Do the Happiest Expats Have in Common?

By Jennifer Stevens, for International Living Postcards (used with permission)

We're happy, but we were always happy.

It doesn’t matter where they came from or what they did back home—teacher, entrepreneur, dentist, secretary, taxi driver, journalist—the happiest expats we meet overseas have one thing in common: They brought their sense of adventure with them.I’m not talking dare-devil tendencies. I mean, simply, that they went overseas ready to try new things, to be confounded, to be impressed, to be surprised…I bring this up because you should know: Living overseas works best when you’re pulled there and not just pushed. If your motivation for going abroad is entirely economic, brace yourself for disappointment.”

We agree whole-heartedly! One thing we would add is that the happiest expats were happy BEFORE they moved overseas!

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