Chris Marshall, expat columnist for the Telegraph, wrote in the newspaper that he and his partner moved to Spain so they could "make life more meaningful" by earning money by partaking in activities they enjoyed.
The company set up by the reporter is a non-profit operation that transports and re-homes cats and dogs that have been abandoned and rescued, which has led to the couple dealing with vets, pet lovers and animal welfare charities on a daily basis.
Mr Marshall explained this is not only vital for the success of the organisation but also ensured he and his partner socialised and integrated with the local community, enabling them to achieve a real sense of satisfaction as expatriates.
He noted an expat neighbour of his has a golf obsession and has spent a great deal of time visiting courses and organising sports competitions.
This has become the Friday Golf Society, which aims to promote social activities for golfers, partners and other people around the Almerimar district, regardless of ability, age, gender or ethnicity.
It aims to ensure "equality between all participants" due to its handicapping system, enabling matches to be both friendly and competitive.
Mr Marshall wrote that he meets "more and more people that are doing something that they are passionate about" while living in Spain.
Those who "have something to do" are generally significantly happier than individuals that do not and those engaging in pastimes they love have some of the highest levels of wellbeing, he remarked.
"Maybe 2012 is the year that expats should show some passion and get involved in something that they really enjoy and believe in," the reporter claimed.
He said he believes expatriates who are not in full-time employment in their new country are unlikely to have "ticked off all the goals they set themselves" when they were initially considering relocating abroad.