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Costa Rica Happiness

Costa Rica Happiness

Costa Rica has long been recognized by the Happy Index Planet as the happiest country in the world. Recently, National Geographic also confirmed these results by blending Dan Buettner’s earlier research, also on behalf of National Geographic, with his recent studies on Blue Zones throughout the world. Costa Rica Happiness is one of three areas of that were recognized as being “Blue Zones of Happiness”.

The three countries that are recognized as the happiest are:

  • Costa Rica
  • Denmark
  • Singapore

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Those three countries are unique in that the general population has the following characteristics:

  • They  feel secure
  • They have a sense of purpose
  • They enjoy lives that minimize stress and maximize joy.

There are several ways that Mr. Buettner thinks they do it, but we will focus on the advantage that Costa Rica has.

According to scientists they call the typical Costa Rica happiness, “experienced happiness” or “positive affect”. The way it is measured it is quite simple: Ask people how often they smiled, laughed or felt joy in the past 24 hours. Based on that research Costa Rica is the place where people report feeling more daily positive emotions than almost anywhere else on the planet.

Researches of the annual World Happiness Report found that approximately 75% of happiness is driven by only six factors:

  • Strong economic growth
  • Healthy life expectancy
  • Quality social relationships
  • Generosity
  • Trust
  • Freedom to live the life that’s right for you.

The researchers believe that those six factors are not by chance – they believe they are very closely related to the country’s government and its cultural values. In other words, this means is that happy places, and their government, incubate and perpetuate happiness.

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