Survey Says: Costa Rica happiest country

Posted on November 18, 2014 • Filed under: Costa Rica reported…If you’re feeling lonely and want to be in a place where happiness abounds, then Costa Rica is the place to go. In a global happiness survey recently conducted by the University of California, Berkeley, Costa Rica topped the list of the happiest countries in the world, reported on Tuesday. Some 40,000 students from around the world took part in the survey, which was part of an online course called “The Science of Happiness,” launched by UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center.

Why Costa Rica? What’s so special about that Central American country?

Once a sluggish Spanish colony, Costa Rica (Spanish for “rich coast”) became one of the most stable, prosperous, and progressive nations in Latin America after it attained independence in the 19th century.In 1949, Costa Rica did something highly unusual: It abolished its army to join a very short list of sovereign nations without a standing army. Read Article

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