Columnist Arthur Brooks reports that some 11% of Americans admit to having moved to find better weather, meaning more sun and warmth. Brooks thinks that overall, it’s a bad idea. “[O]n balance, moving for the sake of nice weather probably isn’t worth the money, time, and personal disruption. There are better strategies to get happier, even if you live in a dreary place.” And even if you do move, the research shows “the thrill of good weather will wear off in relatively short order after moving, just as thrills tend to do after other happiness-inducing phenomena (such as marriage or coming into a lot of money),” Brooks says.
Read more: Arthur Brooks, The Atlantic