In search of happiness as an expatriate abroad

Does emigration make you happy?


This article is about whether emigrating to another country really makes you happier. In 2021, about 994,303 people emigrated from Germany, including 746,474 foreigners and 247,829 Germans. The deciding factor for me to write this article were some middle-aged German emigrants in Cyprus who spoke very badly about their home country at regulars' tables or on social media.

Words like"dark country" or"deceptive country" were used, a country is personified and there is ranting on social media and some questionable Cyprus groups on Facebook against the"system", the"horrible conditions" and of course the failure of politics in Germany and praising the new home, in this case Cyprus, to the skies.

At some point I jokingly started to call this group of emigrants "free radicals", because their views and expressions are very radical and according to their own views they are now finally "free" ;-)

However, about 2 years after my emigration I kept asking myself how it can happen that a small group of people so despise and insult the country in which they grew up and lived for a long time. And how, on the other hand, they praise a country like Cyprus, with existing weaknesses and disadvantages, to the skies and call it a paradise.

That is why I asked myself:

Does emigration make you happy?

What could be the reason for this behavior:

On the one hand, it is human nature: it is easier to talk badly about things or people when they are further away. So if you are in Cyprus, it is easier to badmouth Germany, since you have truly "finished" with Germany when you deregister and are no longer there.

On the other hand, one thing is obvious: the longer you live in a country, the more positive and negative experiences you gather. This is completely normal. Since most people have spent several decades in Germany, Austria or Switzerland, many experiences have manifested themselves in the home country - negative and positive. So, depending on the personal (negative) attitude, which for some is also strongly influenced by false, social "media", now after emigration the positive experiences of the home country are suppressed and the negative ones are emphasized. The opposite is also interesting: who emigrates freshly into a country, fades out due to the euphoria at first the negative empirical values and justifies on the basis the positive experiences its acting and thus its emigration.

One could compare this behavior also with a relationship; At the beginning one has the rose-colored glasses on and the new partner is perfect - the ex is history and naturally at everything to blame.

On Cyprus the fewest regularly look local news and concern themselves thus with Cyprus problems . They may identify with the sea and souvlaki, but little with the culture and the locals - according to the motto: if something goes wrong, I'll just move back to my home country. In a foreign country you behave differently than in your home country, unless you integrate with language, adoption of culture and habits that Cypriots have known since birth.

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Pure emotionality is the cause

As is often the case, pure emotions are associated with this behavior. However, these emotional thought results can cause you problems in any country in the world. With such an attitude you will probably lose a lot of money in Cyprus and in the end you will not be happier here either.

Basically, with this thesis you quickly realize that everything is only due to a personal attitude. Completely alone at one. My personal view of Cyprus has developed over the years from rose-colored glasses to quite transparent sunglasses - after two years I have also collected a lot of negative impressions here. I have lost a lot of money. Cyprus is East. Cyprus offers little quality in many areas. Cyprus can cost nerves, time and money. Tax advantages and sea is not everything. You have to get used to that. Whether these experiences and facts now changes my inner satisfaction, is entirely up to my personal attitude and condition.

Even if we compare Germany with Cyprus in our Youtube video, you should avoid this for yourself in everyday life. It is not comparable. You can't compare a country that has almost 70 times as many inhabitants and 30 times more area.

Our now gained knowledge explains at least the radical way of expression and behavior of some people. Strong emotions and unrealistic thinking play a strong role, but also the personal, inner attitude. Here, there is a great dissatisfaction with oneself and Germany, or another home country is personified and denounced as the reason for the personal condition.

However, at the latest when the money runs out, one suddenly gets closer contact with the state construct of Cyprus and is dependent on it, or one falls seriously ill and has no private health insurance abroad, the attitude toward the home country often changes drastically and for the better.

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Good or bad? Paradise or"dark land"?

Without getting spiritual, the symbol of Yin and Yang reinforces my theory and stands for many things in life: nowhere in the world is there only the Yin or only the Yang, there is not only the perfect - there will always be something that goes completely wrong and does not suit you.

While the weather for me in Germany is worse than in Cyprus, for me in Germany, on the other hand, the quality is better in many areas. On Cyprus you can miss many things from Germany - but the other way around as well. 

Does emigration make you happy?

There is no pure "bad" or "good" in life. There is only "worse" or "better" - and that applies to everyone individually. This can be continued with all adjectives; there is no such thing as rich or poor. There are only people who are "richer" or "poorer" than others. So, if you concentrate on richer or poorer, you realize that you can never strive for money to the end - because there will always be someone who is richer or poorer than you!

Conclusion: paradise does not exist -
at least not physically!

The often mentioned "paradise", which we strongly value with happiness, is not linked to money, people or the country you live in. Paradise exists only in yourself. You can accept it, let it develop, or reject it. For you personally, you can call a waterfall in a picturesque jungle paradise, but for someone else this place could be completely repulsive, he could see all the mosquitoes, bugs and dirt, and thus be uninteresting. Every person defines his paradise differently. There are people who see their paradise in Germany, and those who look for it in Cyprus or somewhere else in the world, and find it.

Do you know the saying "Money does not make happy"? This one is wrong! Money can help you to become happier, just like all material things. If one speaks however of the fact that money alone the saying is justified - because in order to be happy, it requires many suitable circumstances and a positive attitude towards oneself.

Thus, emigration to another country can improve your circumstances and feelings so that you feel happier, but emigration alone does not make you happier. You can only find happiness yourself. And that takes time, and accumulated experience. We think that a stay of 1.5 to 2.5 years is needed to decide for yourself if you can find happiness abroad or if it can only be a temporary stay.

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