The Importance of Finding Your Happy Place
Where do you feel most at home? Safe from the pressures of the world? Where do you feel inspired? Finding your happy place? Everyone has a favourite place. A place to escape from it all. A place that puts a smile on your face, just thinking about it. What about some of the world’s most successful people? They have favourite places too, you know.
This series of illustrations from Berkeley Build depict some of the world’s greatest visionaries, leaders and creatives and their favourite places. It’s important to note that we aren’t saying that in order to be successful, these need to be your favourite place too. It’s quite eye-opening to see how these people ascertain what their favourite place is. Finding your happy place is important. It could inspire you to think of yours if this isn’t something you’ve ever thought about or may even make you rethink what your favourite place is.
1) Steve Jobs
For Steve Jobs, his favourite place was the Kona Village Resort in Hawaii. It was a sanctuary from the life he lived. Always known for his minimalist lifestyle, Kona Village represents a minimalist’s dream. With no phones or televisions, beautiful vistas and scenery, this was Steve’s escape from the technological life he lived.
Finding your happy place really matter. Sometimes, our favourite place can be a place that is so far removed from our normal life. This way, you can get back in touch with yourself and have some important contemplative time.
2) Princess Diana
Diana was a true national treasure. She wasn’t just an exemplary member of the royal family but she was a role model for everyone. She carried herself with class and grace, whilst also benefitting the lives of so many through her extensive humanitarian work. For Diana, she would love to visit the Sunken Garden in her home of Kensington Palace. Whether on a run or a stroll, she loved the flowers and it held a special place in her heart.
You can visit the Sunken Garden, now renamed the White Garden, for a small fee as it is open to the public.
3) Oprah Winfrey
Oprah started out as a small-time actor, to having the most popular programme of its kind to eventually building a media empire. She is now worth billions after coming from a very humble background. For Oprah, her favourite place is her own back garden.
If you follow her on social media, you’ll know that she is very keen on growing fruit and veg in her garden. When she’s relaxing there, with her dogs, Oprah is at peace. Not everyone is lucky enough to live in their favourite place, but it is something that we should all be striving towards. Have you think of finding your happy place?
4) Bill Gates
Another tech billionaire, Bill Gates steps away from the pressures of being a multi-billionaire on the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia. Croatia is a beautiful country, that has featured in shows like Game of Thrones for its unbeatable scenery. Gates likes to visit a small town in Croatia called Skradin in particular. It’s a nice change of pace for Bill. He takes his whole family out there to get some peace and quiet, and who could blame him?
5) Barack Obama
The 45th President of the United States is originally from Oahu Island in Hawaii. Barack Obama was moulded by his birthplace. The ‘aloha spirit’ of Hawaii permeated through to his presidency, from his policy to his character. Kailua Bay in particular holds a special place in Obama’s heart as he spent a lot of his childhood there.
While in office, he would come back to Kailua Bay with his family for some much-needed downtime. Having spent two full terms in the most high-pressure job in the world, we wouldn’t be surprised if he decided to move there and hide from the world for the rest of his days.
6) Carrie Fisher
Carrie Fisher was a world-famous actress who shot to notoriety for her role as Princess Leia in the Star Wars movies. She studied acting at The Central School of Speech and Drama in Swiss Cottage. This London-based school is where she made most of her friends and is her favourite place in the world.
She also fell in love with the city itself. And for anyone who hasn’t between to London, it is certainly an inspiring place. With history around every corner, a rich culture and gorgeous architecture, it’s no surprise that Fisher felt at home here. Her wild personality certainly matches the pace of London.
7) David Bowie
Another person whose favourite place matches their exuberant personality, David Bowie drew inspiration from Washington Square Park in NYC. Not only did it have a sentimental value for him, as he recorded his first US number one just around the corner. But the park was a place where people from all backgrounds would mix and meet. He would come here and feed off the energy of the park.
The park was located on the edge of Greenwich Village, the bohemian heart of New York. There was a community of artists living here, which helped him on his way to becoming a hero of weirdness.
Over To You
Your favourite place is a complete reflection of yourself. There’s a reason why a place becomes a favourite place, and that’s personal. Not everyone that walked through Washington Square Park fell in love with it like David Bowie did. You may have holidayed in Croatia and not thought much of it. Some people feel at home among the fast pace of a city, some feel safe when they’re removed far away from their life. Finding your happy place is far more important than you think. And if you’re really lucky, your favourite place will be attached to your home like Oprah Winfrey. What’s your favourite place?