Quality of Living
This is a preview to the chapter Quality of Living from the book Should I Stay or Should I Go? by Paul Allen.
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While climate and cost of living issues may be important contributors to a high quality of life, by themselves they don’t tell the full story.
Naturally, the definition of quality of life means different things to different people. But I’d bet most people would subscribe to concepts such as:
- a good work/leisure balance
- the plentiful and varied supply of leisure activities
- a pollution-free environment (or at least cleaner air)
- proximity to friends and/or family
- a low threat to personal safety
- freedom of movement
The weather was a big factor that incited my move to Spain. But it wasn’t simply about getting a good tan each summer. It was what the weather would allow us to do. The healthier, more outdoors lifestyle we hoped to enjoy.
Many’s the time we’ve been swimming in the clear Mediterranean sea, enjoying the balmy waters, and revelling in the fact that it is just a normal Saturday afternoon. This, I remind myself, is what our family and friends spend the working year waiting to enjoy on their annual holiday.
And most weekday afternoons in the summer I snatch a half-hour break from work to take my daughters swimming in our pool. The best bit though is such pleasures are free.
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