In 1407, the first European establishment specifically for people with mental illness is established in Valencia, Spain.
Valencia was the first in the world to historically establish institutions for the mentally ill. The innovative institution spread throughout Europe. The past history affects the present culture in Valencia Spain.
Spain has currently readily been modernizing to fit in with the new global world but holds on to traditions.
This eclectic mix of old and new traditions has allowed the people to avoid the barriers that heavily impact most Americans.
People live in apartments not big mansions that are a fortress for many and create social barriers.
I am not against having a big mansion but you must not forget that material possessions should not be the determining factor in your life.
You need a balanced life in order to conquer depression. Many believe gaining financial freedom will somehow miraculously heal their depression.
That is far from what you need to be happy. It contributes to your ability to buy the foods you need but there are many people who are financially independent and depressed.
The reason is they fail to work on their relationships.
Relationships Are A Necessity in Life
In Valencia relationships are a priority for business and everyday life.
It’s not unusual to see random celebrations in the park or people in the city square for an anniversary celebration of a married couple who has been together for 50 years. The culture nourishes unity and bonding.
Why does this help you?
You must realize relationships are the driving force in our life that brings us happiness. Whether it is your relationship with friends, family, associates, or more importantly your views and your relationship with God.
Relationships can make or break our spirits.
Check out this video about life and the history of Valencia Spain. Notice how the people sit around eating paella in the beginning of the video and in the end the men are eating tomatoes and a sandwich (i.e. Spanish: bocadillo).
Also here is a tour of the city. Exercise is easy to get when riding your bike or walking takes priority over driving a car.
Take the time to learn how you can improve your life by looking at how the people in Valencia, Spain live! Start today to change your lifestyle and improve your well-being.
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