Globally, as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic we have faced lockdowns, social isolation, illness and possibly bereavement. Add to this devastating forest fires, economic and political instability, 2020 has been a challenging year for many of us, to say the least.
For those of us living and working away from our home country as expats, the challenges may be even greater. We haven’t seen family or friends from home, even at a distance, for almost a year. It is easy to see why our happiness might be challenged.
If you are on an expat assignment for work, happiness impacted your performance, even before the current global crises. The 2019 InterNations Expat Insider survey found personal unhappiness was one of the most difficult elements of expatriate life and a primary reason for early repatriations.