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The world used to measure social and economic progress in terms of GDP. Nowadays, the world is focused on other measures such as the level of happiness. These rankings have positioned Costa Rica in the map as one of the happiest countries in the world, but why? Keep reading, you will want to move to Costa Rica right away!


What is a happiness ranking?


There are a few different rankings that measure happiness in the world. Two of the most recognized are The Happy Planet Index by the New Economics foundation based in London, and The World Happiness Report by the UN Sustainable Development.


Recently, National Geographic published a best-seller book called The Blue Zones of Happiness, that reveals a new study on this matter.


All the above-mentioned rankings, measure different elements:


The Happy Planet Indexs formula is based in four elements: wellbeing, life expectancy, inequality of outcomes and the ecological footprint. Gallup World Poll, the UN and the Global Footprint Network contributes with this data. This ranking gives a strong importance to the human rights and to the ecological impact of the countries.


Furthermore, The World Happiness Report do not use an index but a variety of measures of subjective well-being.


And, The Blue Zones of Happiness use six-factors to measure happiness: strong economic growth, healthy life expectancy, quality social relationships, generosity, trust, and freedom.


How happy are Ticos?


According to The Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is the happiest country in the world, ranking first for third time (2009, 2012). The Index highlights that Ticos live longer and are happier than many rich countries residents such as the Americans and Brittish. Also, the investment in education and public health instead of funding an army are strong reasons that backup the lead. The protection of the environment featuring the 99% renewal sourced production of electricity and the extensive protected areas are emphasized.


Costa Rica ranks 13 in The World Happiness report, even though we didnt make the Top 5 or not even the Top 10, the difference in score among Norway (Top 1) and Costa Rica is just of -0,46 points. Again, on this study, Costa Rica overcomes great countries such as the US, Germany, UK, Mexico, Belgium, Spain, Italy, among others.


Dan Buettner, founder of Blue Zones explains that Ticos are happy because we are religious, we feel that we live meaningful lives with a plan de vida and a strong purpose, socialization is an intrinsic element in the lives of the Ticos and we have a great feeling of freedom and generosity.


No matter if Costa Rica ranks first or not in all studies, it is easy to see that Ticos, in general, enjoy life and that living the Pura Vida have make this small country print its name in all news around the world. If you are looking for a change in your life, Costa Rica can be a great choice for a new home full of happiness.