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Costa Rica named the   happiest country on Earth...  Again!

In 2009, the Happy Planet Index, a large global study conducted by New Economics Foundation (NEF), declared that the tiny nation of Costa Rica was at that point the happiest country on the planet!

This year 2012 the study was repeated and Costa Rica is the returning champion! Once again it ranked first amongst the 151 countries studied. Ticoland continues to be the number one place on the planet where its citizens are the most satisfied with life.


If you want to learn more about the Happy Planet Index 2009, check this article at: Costa-Rica-Happiest-country-on-Earth


Happiness... long and fairly achieved.

This study takes into consideration more than just the happiness of the people.  It also measures the way in which such satisfaction is reached and the environmental cost of the process. Costa Rica also stood out in that respect, as the country produces happiness without costing the planet an arm and a leg.

Finally, the icing on the cake, the country’s lifestyle provides for a very high life expectancy for its inhabitants (79.3 years), the third key element in the study.


In sum, what’s measured?

Three things: citizens satisfaction, life expectancy and the environmental cost of such happiness.


In other words, which countries do the best job on producing long, healthy and satisfying lives all the while using natural resources in a sustainable way.


The objective at the heart of this study is simple: Learn about the different social, political and economic models of various countries in order to discover those societies that are most efficient, sustainable and considerate of its citizens. Then, analyze and compare results to map out the ideas and values that can lead to the betterment of future societies.


This is what NEF does: Suggests innovations in our models of society. They consider it an error (... and I agree) to measure the development of a country only by its economic activity:  The equation should also take into consideration the wellbeing of the people and the sustainability of the models in the long term.


Once more, eyes are fixated on Costa Rica, on the country’s way of life and its unique model of society.

Once more this tiny little country has managed to steal the spotlight for its uncanny ability to construct and maintain a happy and sustainable society. 

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