Relocating can be costly– and not just because you have to rent a moving van or purchase yards and yards of bubble wrap. It also takes a heavy emotional toll on pretty much all of us. I came across an interesting article by Shasta Nelson that looks at what we lose when we move away from our friends. Shasta admits that there are great people in every community, but moving away from those who you are already close to can be shocking and traumatic.
Shasta says an estimated 40 million Americans will move this summer. And that means many people will leave behind their closest friends. Shasta quotes a statement from the book “Who’s Your City” that might startle a few: “If you relocate from a city where you regularly see your family and friends to one where you would not, you would need to earn $133,000 just to make up for the lack of happiness you feel from being far from those people.” Wow. We all know that our friends are valuable, but maybe we don’t realize just how valuable until we lose them.