Costa Rica named the happiest country on
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
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
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long and fairly achieved.
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.
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
things: citizens satisfaction, life expectancy and the environmental cost of
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.
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.
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.
more, eyes are fixated on Costa Rica, on the country’s way of life and its
unique model of society.
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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