I wouldn't have it any other way


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John: Over here, Kathy!
Kathy: Wow! This place is jam-packed! It looks like this is the place to be.
John: I heard about the place through word of mouth. Everyone’s been raving about it.
Kathy: You sure know how to keep up with the latest social scene.
John: I wouldn’t have it any other way. I live for this stuff.
  • This is the way I like/prefer it. I'm completely satisfied with the way things currently are.

    Literally, if I had a choice, I wouldn't have it any other way.

    In this context, John is saying that keeping up with the latest social scene is perfectly suited to his disposition - since as he says he "lives for this stuff."

    Basically it's an expression of satisfaction and contentment with something.
    It means, roughly, "that is the way that I like it."

    Or, in a clumsier way: "I would not allow that to be different."

    It's figurative, as the use of the phrase doesn't strictly mean that the John has any control to change it, only that he approves.
    By the word to hear something through word of mouth can also be to hear it through the grapevine.

    Example of I wouldn't have it any other way.
    Jack: I tried to pay Granny back, but she refused the $10.
    Betty: Get used to that because she'll never have it any other way. Jack: I guess that I'll just have to buy her some milk, bread and cheese and hide them in her fridge or something.