Given all the amazing options that exist in the world for choosing the best country and city to live in, why don't more of us "shop" for the best place to live in the world? Several factors come to mind:
1) It doesn't even occur to us. We know it is important to consider which car to buy, which house to buy, which person to marry, maybe even in which city to live within the country we already reside. But our culture doesn't teach us (maybe it even discourages us) from considering which would be the best country to live in. I didn't seriously think about living in another country until I was 51 years old.
2) Our desire/tolerance for adventure is low and we like to stay with what we're used to and to avoid the anxiety that might arise by trying to live in a new country and culture (especially one that doesn't share our native language).
3) Physical proximity (and maybe obligations) to friends and family is very important to us.
4) We're not sure how we could earn a living in another country.
5) Most countries put up barriers (sometimes insurmountable) to immigrants, especially to those potential immigrants from poorer countries. Currently, the USA is a prime example of implementing this "we don't want you here" policy.
Despite all these reasons for staying in your current country or country of birth, amazing advantages may be available to you as an expat. Having become one myself, I know that many countries of the world are better for me to live in than the USA (China being the best choice for now).
Which tennis pro will win usually more games? The one who puts the most focus on winning each and every tennis game? Or the one who puts the primary focus on enjoying the game itself (enjoying the process of the game)?
Who is likely to get more results (accomplishments) in their life? The one who focuses first on getting always more and better results? Or the one whose priority is on loving the game of life itself by enjoying the processes of going for the results that they want?
The is the most counterintuitive and most valuable knowledge we can ever learn and practice...it is the fundamental key to having a great life and to being best friends with yourself.
Learning from my cat...
My cat Princess jumps onto my lap...she enjoys lying there.
Later I push her off my lap.
Even though she would prefer to stay on my lap, she accepts without upset that she cannot stay on my lap (for now).
Later she may try to jump onto my lap again, with no memory of her former "rejection."