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The Happiest Countries in the World

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Glamping, courtesy of BackDownSouth.com

Some people are naturally happy, and some countries are naturally happier than others. Happiness is subjective, and varies from country to country. Some may be happier with materialism and technology, whereas others are happier due to spiritual connections and closeness with family. Happiness is also measured based on life expectancy, ecological footprint and experienced wellbeing. Whatever the reason may be, just note that the United States is not considered one of the happiest countries in the world.

Happy Costa RicaCosta Rica
For tourists, Costa Rica is an adventurous and relaxing destination.  However, according to the Happy Planet Index, Costa Rica is ranked as the happiest country in the planet. The country has a life expectancy of 79.3 years of age, and a high experienced well-being ranking. Surrounded by natural beauty, Costa Rica has a simple lifestyle of eating nature’s fruit, viewing exotic animals and being surrounded by tropical rain-forests and shorelines.

Australia
The laid-back Aussie lifestyle, saves room for leisure and play everyday. They hit the beach, go to work and hit the beach again. The land down-under sure knows how to live over-the-top with life balance. Have you worked more than three hours straight? Take a tea-break mate. Didn’t get an assignment done before 5pm? No worries, that is what tomorrow is for. Modern-day living is stressful, but with all that beautiful nature, no wonder why the Aussies preach work-life balance. The life expectancy is 81.8 years of age.

Israel 
When walking amongst this sacred land, the human body feels different. Think of it as a natural spiritual, and elated, connection to the world. The country has a low obesity rate of 13.8%, and life expectancy is 81.7 years. Residents comment that Israel is a safe place, despite what is seen on the news in 2013. Israelis have good family and spiritual connections, which keeps relationship and religious bonds strong.

Netherlands
This tiny, European country is sure a happy place to reside. Only 0.68% of residents work over 50 hours per week, which leads to good work-life balance. The life expectancy is 80.8 years of age and 75.5% of residents are employed.

Happy NorwayNorway
Norway is one of the most financially secure European countries. Three-quarters, of residents are employed and 80% claim to be in good health with a life expectancy of 81.2 years of age. Norway spends significant money toward healthcare, allocating just over $5,000 per person. Norway invests much money and education in public health, while maintaining a surplus. Plus, this is one of the best countries to view the Northern Lights. Who wouldn’t be overwhelmingly happy to see that?
Colombia
In late 2012, Colombia was ranked number one in the happiest country in the “Global Barometer of Hope and Happiness” survey. The survey stated that Colombians were almost twice as happy as the national average. Colombia has a low ecological footprint, and a life expectancy of only 73.7 years of age. That said happiness and quality of life is ‘happier’ than length of expectancy. Maybe it’s the five different kinds of mangos that are found in the supermarket that keeps residents happy and healthy.

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