When I lived in Spain, I went to the same bar every night. I didn’t mean to become a regular, but the owner, Antoñio, sort of adopted me. Then I started dating his best friend, and before I knew it, I was buddies with a whole crew of people who frequented the bar. So imagine my surprise when I came across a Daily Detroit article that highlights a study about neighborhood bars. According to the research from Oxford Univeristy, being a regular at your neighborhood pub, like I was in Spain, makes you happier.
The concept is simple: The more people you know and the more often you see them, the better you feel and the happier and healthier you are. “Pubs offer a social environment to enjoy a drink with friends in a responsible, supervised community setting. Nothing is more significant for individuals, the social groupings to which they belong and the country as a whole as our personal and collective well-being,” explains Tim Page. “The role of community pubs in ensuring that well-being cannot be overstated. For that reason, we all need to do what we can to ensure that everyone has a ‘local’ near to where they live or work.”
Cheers is the classic ’80s television show about a bar and its regulars. Watch the first season now.
Do you have a local bar?