Wellbeing in the Land of Pura Vida

IMG_5021Would you be happier living a more active life? Studies say, you would. Objective measures including GDP, life expectancy, and employment statistics were all used in assessing a country’s “Happiness Index”. The index looks at how people feel about five facets of their lives: sense of purpose, social connections, community, finances, and physical vigour. All factors contributed to an individual’s overall sense of happiness. The overarching and profoundly impactful implication is that these measures also indicated what individuals resoundingly felt were indicators of a ‘life well-lived’. These statistics collected from the World Health Organization frequently place Costa Rica in the top country rankings in the world for long life expectancy and overall happiness. Most research attributes their ranking to the slower pace of living, the healthy, read: absence of non-preservative based foods, and the tropical climate that residents are able to enjoy year round.

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