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How to Love the Place You Live

In This Is Where You Belong, Melody Warnick experiments with how to make any place feel like home.
A farmer's market in Blacksburg, Virginia.
A farmer's market in Blacksburg, Virginia.Courtesy Melody Warnick

There are three big decisions we make in life: What we choose to do for a living, who we choose for a life partner, and where we choose to live. I’ve long said the last of the three is the most important of all, because it shapes the other two. Where we live plays a huge role in the job opportunities and career networks that are open to us, and the people we get to meet, date, and ultimately, choose as our life partners.

In her recent book, This Is Where You Belong, Melody Warnick takes a deep dive into how our feeling of attachment to a particular place affects our work, family, and overall happiness. She does so through the lens of her own moves, especially her latest move from Austin, Texas, to Blacksburg, Virginia. In the book, she conducts a series of “Love Where You Live” experiments to see if it’s possible to develop “place attachment” wherever you are.