I’ve always said, if there comes a day that I don’t like my career choice and I’m unhappy with where I live, well, I’m going to find a new job and find a new place to live. Simple as that. When it comes right down to it, most of us are going to be middle class and make just about the same amount of money no matter what we do. So, if you have a $50,000 a year job, would you not be willing to give up $10,000 or even $15,000 of it a year for to do something that you enjoy and live in place where you want to be? You spend too much of your life working to be stuck doing something you don’t want to do – and if you’re the type who is thirty years old and just going through the motions and counting down to retirement, you’re going to be sorely disappointed when you finally get the chance to retire and you realize that you may have time and money, but there is one thing you can never get back: your youth.

If you’re one of the discontent bunch – for instance, if you live in Cleveland – and are looking for your chance to move, a yearly index was put together that found the happiest cities to live in America, based on “interviews with more than 353,000 Americans during 2009, asked individuals to assess their jobs, finances, physical health, emotional state of mind and communities.” You can look at the entire list over the USA Today or check out the top 10 below.

10. Oxnard-Thousand Oaks-Ventura, CA
9. Ogden-Clearfield, UT
8. Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV
7. San Jose-Sunnyvale-Santa Clara, CA
6. Santa Barbara-Santa Maria-Goleta, CA
5. Santa Rosa-Petaluma, CA
4. Provo-Orem, UT
3. Honolulu, HI
2. Holland-Grand Haven, MI
1. Boulder, CO

So, make your move. Before your youth escapes you.