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5 Good Reasons to Live in Florida

5 Good Reasons to Live in Florida

What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the word Florida? Is it the sun? The beach? Entertainment? Well, all those thoughts are much more than just thoughts.

Florida is actually one of the most perfect places for living, traveling, and working, and several studies have evaluated its aspects, such as the affordable cost of living, health care, social living standards, climate, etc. as massive pull factors to the Sunshine State.

Below are some more detailed reasons to live (or just visit) this beautiful state.

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1. Its interesting facts:

  • Florida is the only state to have an “Embassy” in Washington, and it’s called Florida House.
  • Did you know that Florida has the longest coastline in the United States? Yes, its coastline is 1,350 miles or 2,170 km. Also, Florida is the only state in the United States that borders with the Gulf of Mexico and the Atlantic Ocean.
  • It is the only state that has 2 rivers with the same name; pretty fun isn’t it? There is a Withlacoochee River in Madison County and a Withlacoochee River in central Florida, but they have nothing in common except the name.
  • Florida is the only state in the nation whose Constitution is reviewed every 20 years. Yes, many states (and countries) should do the same.
  • Florida is the largest producer of citrus fruits in the USA and second in the world, with even the car license plates having little oranges painted on them.
  • Florida is one of seven states in the nation with no state income tax – good news for you and your pocket.

2. It is one of the best places to make real estate investments.

It seems that the land of sand has been considered as a real estate gold mine. As we know, there are many cities and states that are recovering from the recession (Florida was one of them), but the current picture and trend is positive and has a renewed interest in real estate investments.

Nowadays, there are many people moving to, and in and around Florida, buying and selling houses fast, and trying to make good investments and business there because the housing market is heating up; new homes in some specific areas are in high demand, and its prices and values are increasing.

3. There are many recreational activities and entertaining places.

In this state, sports fanatics, travelers, tourists, adventurers, and athletes are really happy because of the multiple events, activities, and entertaining places Florida has. There are many attractions for everybody’s likes and interests.

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It seems like Florida has it all for all tastes. There are some of the world’s most famous theme parks, restaurants, and cultural scenes. If you are planning to go there, or to buy a house and start a new life, you can be sure that there are many living and entertaining options to satisfy everybody; every taste and every budget.

4. You will feel welcome every time.

You will probably hear “Welcome to Florida, the sunshine State!” almost everywhere, and you will feel a good vibe instantly. Floridians are known to be sweet and welcoming people; they are used to the bombardment of tourists everywhere, and they have developed a patient and accommodating nature.

Floridians also know how to have fun, and maybe that’s because they have “the greatest and happiest place on earth” – Disney Theme Parks!

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5. Delicious gastronomy.

You will find many gourmet restaurants, bars, coffee shops, etc. around Florida, and you can be sure that everything will be fresh and delicious. As I said, their fresh fruit comes straight from the orchards and seafood from well, the sea (never far away).

You will see many outdoor or beachfront restaurants and great places to relax a little bit, and feel like you are on a vacation every time.

Now you have some strong reasons to stay, move to, or visit this lovely place; the state that everyone is jealous of. Florida has it all: Food, entertainment, multiple cultures, business opportunities, etc.

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What are you waiting for?

Featured photo credit: Sam Wheeler via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on January 3, 2020

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

The 10 Essential Habits of Positive People

Are you waiting for life events to turn out the way you want so that you can feel more positive about your life? Do you find yourself having pre-conditions to your sense of well-being, thinking that certain things must happen for you to be happier? Do you think there is no way that your life stresses can make you anything other than “stressed out” and that other people just don’t understand?  If your answer is “yes” to any of these questions, you might find yourself lingering in the land of negativity for too long!

The following are some tips to keep positive no matter what comes your way. This post will help you stop looking for what psychologists call “positivity” in all the wrong places!  Here are the ten essential habits of positive people.

1. Positive people don’t confuse quitting with letting go.

Instead of hanging on to ideas, beliefs, and even people that are no longer healthy for them, they trust their judgement to let go of negative forces in their lives.  Especially in terms of relationships, they subscribe to The Relationship Prayer which goes:

 I will grant myself the ability to trust the healthy people in my life … 

To set limits with, or let go of, the negative ones … 

And to have the wisdom to know the DIFFERENCE!

 2.  Positive people don’t just have a good day – they make a good day.

Waiting, hoping and wishing seldom have a place in the vocabulary of positive individuals. Rather, they use strong words that are pro-active and not reactive. Passivity leads to a lack of involvement, while positive people get very involved in constructing their lives. They work to make changes to feel better in tough times rather than wish their feelings away.

3. For the positive person, the past stays in the past.

Good and bad memories alike stay where they belong – in the past where they happened. They don’t spend much time pining for the good ol’ days because they are too busy making new memories now. The negative pulls from the past are used not for self-flagellation or unproductive regret, but rather productive regret where they use lessons learned as stepping stones towards a better future.

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4. Show me a positive person and I can show you a grateful person.

The most positive people are the most grateful people.  They do not focus on the potholes of their lives.  They focus on the pot of gold that awaits them every day, with new smells, sights, feelings and experiences.  They see life as a treasure chest full of wonder.

5. Rather than being stuck in their limitations, positive people are energized by their possibilities.

Optimistic people focus on what they can do, not what they can’t do.  They are not fooled to think that there is a perfect solution to every problem, and are confident that there are many solutions and possibilities.  They are not afraid to attempt new solutions to old problems, rather than spin their wheels expecting things to be different this time.  They refuse to be like Charlie Brown expecting that this time Lucy will not pull the football from him!

6. Positive people do not let their fears interfere with their lives!

Positive people have observed that those who are defined and pulled back by their fears never really truly live a full life. While proceeding with appropriate caution, they do not let fear keep them from trying new things. They realize that even failures are necessary steps for a successful life. They have confidence that they can get back up when they are knocked down by life events or their own mistakes, due to a strong belief in their personal resilience.

7. Positive people smile a lot!

When you feel positive on the inside it is like you are smiling from within, and these smiles are contagious. Furthermore, the more others are with positive people, the more they tend to smile too! They see the lightness in life, and have a sense of humor even when it is about themselves. Positive people have a high degree of self-respect, but refuse to take themselves too seriously!

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8. People who are positive are great communicators.

They realize that assertive, confident communication is the only way to connect with others in everyday life.  They avoid judgmental, angry interchanges, and do not let someone else’s blow up give them a reason to react in kind. Rather, they express themselves with tact and finesse.  They also refuse to be non-assertive and let people push them around. They refuse to own problems that belong to someone else.

9. Positive people realize that if you live long enough, there are times for great pain and sadness.

One of the most common misperceptions about positive people is that to be positive, you must always be happy. This can not be further from the truth. Anyone who has any depth at all is certainly not happy all the time.  Being sad, angry, disappointed are all essential emotions in life. How else would you ever develop empathy for others if you lived a life of denial and shallow emotions? Positive people do not run from the gamut of emotions, and accept that part of the healing process is to allow themselves to experience all types of feelings, not only the happy ones. A positive person always holds the hope that there is light at the end of the darkness.  

10. Positive person are empowered people – they refuse to blame others and are not victims in life.

Positive people seek the help and support of others who are supportive and safe.They limit interactions with those who are toxic in any manner, even if it comes to legal action and physical estrangement such as in the case of abuse. They have identified their own basic human rights, and they respect themselves too much to play the part of a victim. There is no place for holding grudges with a positive mindset. Forgiveness helps positive people become better, not bitter.

How about you?  How many habits of positive people do you personally find in yourself?  If you lack even a few of these 10 essential habits, you might find that the expected treasure at the end of the rainbow was not all that it was cracked up to be. How could it — if you keep on bringing a negative attitude around?

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I wish you well in keeping positive, because as we all know, there is certainly nothing positive about being negative!

Featured photo credit: Janaína Castelo Branco via flickr.com

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