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10 Things Only People Who Used To Live In Villages Would Understand

10 Things Only People Who Used To Live In Villages Would Understand

Urbanization has been for years the main trend around the world. Most people who were born in villages rush into modern cities. Obviously, there exist great differences between village lifestyle and city lifestyle. It’s hard to say which one is better. Neither of them is above the other.

Living in a city often means higher salary, more opportunities, more commodity options, more education resources, better medical care, and so on. However, these things are gradually being available in villages nowadays. On the contrary, there are a lot of things only people who used to live in villages would understand. People that have never been to villages couldn’t get the real beauty of village lifestyle.

1. You take fresh air everyday

If you haven’t lived in villages, you could not image how fresh the air is. There’s no automobile exhaust, drainage ditches, smelly waste… While you almost have to wear a breathing mask to go out in city life, you take fresh air every day from dawn to dark by living in villages.

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2. You can live a peaceful and quiet life

The city is always busy and noisy. There are a lot of vehicles and people in the road. Noises come from everywhere: traffic noises, industrial noises, construction building noises, and noises from your neighbors and living area. However, in villages, you never need to worry about these noises. You could get deep sleep at night and enjoy a quiet stroll at daytime.

3. You eat fresh, green and clean vegetables

All food needs to be purchased from supermarket or local malls if you live in a city. To eat fresh vegetables, you have to get up early and rush into the market. However, the situation is totally different if you live in villages. You could grow various kinds of vegetables by yourself. You control the fertilizing and pesticide to make sure the vegetables are green and clean.

4. You spend less in villages

Undoubtedly, living costs in villages are much lower. The price of commodities is lower in villages than that of city lifestyle. That means to purchase the same quantity of a commodity, you spend less money in village lifestyle. Also, since there are less consumer options, you could make a big saving to keep your money stayed.

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5. You will never feel alone

Most people living in cities would have the same feeling: they’re surrounded by people only 10 meters away, but they feel alone. There’s little communication between neighbors, and friends may be tens of kilometers away. To kill loneliness, they watch movies online, play online games, go out for a short travel… However, while living in villages, you will never feel alone. Every morning you could say hi to your neighbors and you may live within only 20 feet away from your friends. You meet strangers everywhere in a city but the whole village is not strange to you at all.

6. You do more physical exercise

While there are a lot of traffic tools that could save physical exercise in cities, life in villages can be very physical. Every activity in village life requires physical exercise, like working with the land, sowing seeds into the land, chopping and collecting wood for the winter, walking along old path, or going to a nearby shop. It is said that a thirty minutes active walk will tone your system for the next 4 hours, while village life produces more opportunities for you to do more than a thirty-minute active walk.

7. You can embrace a beautiful night sky

With the industrial pollution, what you can see in city nights are only sparking lights from various houses, traffic lights, vehicle lights and street lamps, but not stars and moon on the sky. However, in village area, you could embrace a clean and beautiful night sky with thousands of stars twinkling. In a moonlit night, you could see far away from your house roof and everything is so clear and clean in your eyes.

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8. You’re not obsessed with trends

When you’re living in a city, you need to check whether your clothes are fashionable or not before you go out as others might laugh at you for being out of fashion. You might be easily driven by hot topics like stocks, gossips, Hollywood movies or stars, cars… even though you don’t like these things. But you would never get driven to these by your village friend circles. You could live as simple and freely as you like.

9. You don’t have to worry about parking

If you have a car, you will know how difficult it is to find a paid parking spot in crowded cities, not even to say a free parking spot! However, if you used to live in villages, you will know how easy it is to find a free and easy parking space. There’s no traffic police who writes a ticket and then mails it to you in villages for a roadside parking. There’s no traffic light and no traffic jam.

10. You are safer in villages

The huge pressure of city life makes a lot of people corrupted. There are lots of crimes in the city. Many thefts and murders often take place in the city. Meanwhile, there are much more vehicles in city, which results in frequent traffic accidents. While in villages, few traffic accidents happen. Another element that brings danger to you is epidemic disease, most of which extend from one city to another city. People living in cities are more vulnerable to many diseases because of the sedentary lifestyle and fast food intake. These things become less possible in villages.

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What other things do you think that are only understood by people who used to live in villages? Share with us below.

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Last Updated on September 28, 2020

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

The Pros and Cons of Working from Home

At the start of the year, if you had asked anyone if they could do their work from home, many would have said no. They would have cited the need for team meetings, a place to be able to sit down and get on with their work, the camaraderie of the office, and being able to meet customers and clients face to face.

Almost ten months later, most of us have learned that we can do our work from home and in many ways, we have discovered working from home is a lot better than doing our work in a busy, bustling office environment where we are inundated with distractions and noise.

One of the things the 2020 pandemic has reminded us is we humans are incredibly adaptable. It is one of the strengths of our kind. Yet we have been unknowingly practicing this for years. When we move house we go through enormous upheaval.

When we change jobs, we not only change our work environment but we also change the surrounding people. Humans are adaptable and this adaptability gives us strength.

So, what are the pros and cons of working from home? Below I will share some things I have discovered since I made the change to being predominantly a person who works from home.

Pro #1: A More Relaxed Start to the Day

This one I love. When I had to be at a place of work in the past, I would always set my alarm to give me just enough time to make coffee, take a shower, and change. Mornings always felt like a rush.

Now, I can wake up a little later, make coffee and instead of rushing to get out of the door at a specific time, I can spend ten minutes writing in my journal, reviewing my plan for the day, and start the day in a more relaxed frame of mind.

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When you start the day in a relaxed state, you begin more positively. You find you have more clarity and more focus and you are not wasting energy worrying about whether you will be late.

Pro #2: More Quiet, Focused Time = Increased Productivity

One of the biggest difficulties of working in an office is the noise and distractions. If a colleague or boss can see you sat at your desk, you are more approachable. It is easier for them to ask you questions or engage you in meaningless conversations.

Working from home allows you to shut the door and get on with an hour or two of quiet focused work. If you close down your Slack and Email, you avoid the risk of being disturbed and it is amazing how much work you can get done.

An experiment conducted in 2012 found that working from home increased a person’s productivity by 13%, and more recent studies also find significant increases in productivity.[1]

When our productivity increases, the amount of time we need to perform our work decreases, and this means we can spend more time on activities that can bring us closer to our family and friends as well as improve our mental health.

Pro #3: More Control Over Your Day

Without bosses and colleagues watching over us all day, we have a lot more control over what we do. While some work will inevitably be more urgent than others, we still get a lot more choice about what we work on.

We also get more control over where we work. I remember when working in an office, we were given a fixed workstation. Some of these workstations were pleasant with a lot of natural sunlight, but other areas were less pleasant. It was often the luck of the draw whether we find ourselves in a good place to work or not.

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By working from home we can choose what work to work on and whether we want to face a window or not. We can get up and move to another place, and we can move from room to room. And if you have a garden, on nice days you could spend a few hours working outside.

Pro #4: You Get to Choose Your Office Environment

While many companies will provide you with a laptop or other equipment to do your work, others will give you an allowance to purchase your equipment. But with furniture such as your chair and desk, you have a lot of freedom.

I have seen a lot of amazing home working spaces with wonderful sets up—better chairs, laptop stands that make working from a laptop much more ergonomic and therefore, better for your neck.

You can also choose your wall art and the little nick-nacks on your desk or table. With all this freedom, you can create a very personal and excellent working environment that is a pleasure to work in. When you are happy doing your work, you will inevitably do better work.

Con #1: We Move a Lot Less

When we commute to a place of work, there is movement involved. Many people commute using public transport, which means walking to the bus stop or train station. Then, there is the movement at lunchtime when we go out to buy our lunch. Working in a place of work requires us to move more.

Unfortunately, working from home naturally causes us to move less and this means we are not burning as many calories as we need to.

Moving is essential to our health and if you are working from home you need to become much more aware of your movement. To ensure you are moving enough, make sure you take your lunch breaks. Get up from your desk and move. Go outside, if you can, and take a walk. And, of course, refrain from regular trips to the refrigerator.

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Con #2: Less Human Interaction

One of the nicest things about bringing a group of people together to work is the camaraderie and relationships that are built over time. Working from home takes us away from that human interaction and for many, this can cause a feeling of loss.

Humans are a social species—we need to be with other people. Without that connection, we start to feel lonely and that can lead to mental health issues.

Zoom and Microsoft Teams meeting cannot replace that interaction. Often, the interactions we get at our workplaces are spontaneous. But with video calls, there is nothing spontaneous—most of these calls are prearranged and that’s not spontaneous.

This lack of spontaneous interaction can also reduce a team’s ability to develop creative solutions—there’s just something about a group of incredibly creative people coming together in a room to thrash out ideas together that lends itself to creativity.

While video calls can be useful, they don’t match the connection between a group of people working on a solution together.

Con #3: The Cost of Buying Home Office Equipment

Not all companies are going to provide you with a nice allowance to buy expensive home office equipment. 100% remote companies such as Doist (the creators of Todoist and Twist) provide a $2,000 allowance to all their staff every two years to buy office equipment. Others are not so generous.

This can prove to be expensive for many people to create their ideal work-from-home workspace. Many people must make do with what they already have, and that could mean unsuitable chairs that damage backs and necks.

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For a future that will likely involve more flexible working arrangements, companies will need to support their staff in ways that will add additional costs to an already reduced bottom line.

Con #4: Unique Distractions

Not all people have the benefit of being able to afford childcare for young children, and this means they need to balance working and taking care of their kids.

For many parents, being able to go to a workplace gives them time away from the noise and demands of a young family, so they could get on with their work. Working from home removes this and can make doing video calls almost impossible.

To overcome this, where possible, you need to set some boundaries. I know this is not always possible, but it is something you need to try. You should do whatever you can to make sure you have some boundaries between your work life and home life.

Final Thoughts

Working from home can be hugely beneficial for many people, but it can also bring serious challenges to others.

We are moving towards a new way of working. Therefore, companies need to look at both the pros and cons of working from home and be prepared to support their staff in making this transition. It will not be impossible, but a lot of thought will need to go into it.

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